An article on ESPN.com yesterday stated that the International Bowl has been canceled. The International Bowl was the only bowl game played outside of the United States and had been part of the bowl menu for four years. It was played in Toronto and matched the Big East against the Mid American Conference where the Big East had dominated all four games. This year’s bowl game attracted the lowest attendance at just over 22,000 fans.
I am not surprised by the cancellation of the bowl game. With the Big East Conference being one of the representatives in the new Yankee Stadium Bowl, sending a lower Big East team to the International Bowl just did not make sense. In addition, I do not think a game against two non-BCS teams would attract many fans from Canada in the middle of hockey season.
I personally did not think it would last four years. The article does state that the bowl could be resurrected in the future, but I see that as being the distant future.
Thanks to Jimmy Smith who sent me the article.