City of Pasadena reportedly receives big payday for use of Rose Bowl name in Texas
It looks like Pasadena is still going to get a monetary benefit from the Rose Bowl, even if the game will not be played in California this season.
The Rose Bowl was set to serve as a College Football Playoff semifinal game this year with No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 4 Notre Dame. Unfortunately, the current restrictions in the state of California would have kept spectators out of the game, including family members of the players.
In the end, the decision was made to move that game out of Pasadena and to Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. With the move came the possibility that the name of the game would be changed due to contractual obligations between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses organization and the city of Pasadena.
According to Bill Shea with The Athletic, the two parties reached an agreement on Wednesday with Pasadena receiving a $2 million gift in order for the Rose Bowl name to be used in Texas.
It took a $2 million "gift" from the Tournament of Roses to the city of Pasadena use the Rose Bowl name for the College Football Playoff semifinal at AT&T Stadium in Texas on Friday. I explain it situation here:https://t.co/6hIcsKE5gU
— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) December 31, 2020
Hopefully everything is back to normal for the Rose Bowl next season. The Granddaddy of Them All is truly a staple of college football, and there’s no denying seeing the Rose Bowl in Texas will be odd for everyone involved.