Sources: PSAL in Yankee Stadium talks


NEW YORK -- The PSAL and the New York Yankees are in the final stages of discussions to move the football Championship division title game to Yankee Stadium, ESPNNewYork.com has learned.

One league official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that there are only a few minor hurdles to clear before the deal is completed.

PSAL sources say discussions between the league and the Yankees regarding the title game have been ongoing since the spring, though it is not clear when talks began.

PSAL commissioner Donald Douglas did not return calls for comment Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees also declined to commment.

The PSAL title game has been played at Midwood HS in recent seasons. Columbia's Baker Field has also served as a host to the game.

If the deal is completed, the December game would be the second PSAL championship played at the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees' home park played host to the PSAL baseball title game in 2008. The PSAL boys and girls 'AA' basketball games are traditionally played at Madison Square Garden.

League officials told coaches about the potential title game move during a PSAL coaches meeting in June.

"Something like this should have been done years and years ago," one coach who was at the meeting said. "Look at what they do for other sports."

Said Curtis coach Peter Gambardella: "It's a good opportunity for the kids."

A schedule posted on the league's website states that the Championship division title game will be played Sunday, Dec. 5.

Yankee Stadium will host the Army-Notre Dame football game Nov. 20. It will also host the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which is a matchup between the third-place team in the Big East and the sixth-place team in the Big 12. The first Pinstripe Bowl is slated for Dec. 30.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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