Sources: Ford Field eyed for bowl

Updated: May 21, 2013, 2:12 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

The Detroit Lions are expected to create and operate a new bowl game at Ford Field starting in 2014, which would eliminate the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl after this season, sources said Tuesday.

The Lions are in negotiations with the Big Ten to have a Big Ten team annually in the new bowl game in Detroit, sources said. The Big Ten's opponent would no longer be from the Mid-American Conference, a source said. A team from the ACC is the most likely opponent for the Big Ten, sources said.

Ford Field also is the Lions' home field.

This year is the final in a four-year deal pairing the eighth selection from the Big Ten against a MAC team. Only three times in the past 11 years has a Big Ten team played in the bowl.

It's unknown which selection from the Big Ten and ACC the new bowl would get.

In the coming weeks the Big Ten and the other nine FBS conferences are expected to announce their new bowl affiliations for the next six seasons beginning after the 2014 regular season.

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