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Stanford v Rice: The business of bringing American college football to Sydney

by John Stensholt College Football is a huge business in America, but this week's trip to Australia for the players of Stanford and Rice universities shows there are differences between the University-based code and professional sport.

The game is a crucial one for both teams, given it is the season-opener in their Pac-12 Conference and will be telecast in prime-time on the US West Coast on national cable television network ESPN.

Make no mistake though, this trip is still at the heart of it a money-making exercise alongside the chance for hundreds of athletes and support staff to soak up some Australian culture.

A near-capacity crowd of about 40,000 is expected at Sunday's match at Sydney's Allianz Stadium where promoters TEG and TLA Worldwide will put on quite a show.

TEG chief executive Geoff Jones said he hoped to bring more college Football matches to Australia as part of a strategy of putting on unique events.

READ MORE (The Australian Financial Review)

  • Stanford football: position by position outlookSFGate
  • Stanford vs. Rice, Week 1: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (Aug. 26 ...DieHards
  • Stanford hopes to bounce back from 'down year'The Register-Guard
  • Cal and Stanford on different paths as college football season approachesSan Francisco Chronicle
  • Stanford vs Rice: Preview, predictions, TV channelSaturday Blitz
  • Football preview: Wide receivers, tight endsThe Stanford Daily
  • Behind the scenes of getting Stanford football 'Down Under'Palo Alto Online
  • Football preview: Running backs, fullbacksThe Stanford Daily
  • No. 14 Stanford opens against Rice in Sydney, AustraliaNews & Observer

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