The Mid-American Conference announced today via a press release the creation of the Myrtle Beach Bowl. This game will be played over a 6 year period from 2020 to 2025 and will feature teams from the MAC, Conference USA, and the Sunbelt. Each conference will send 4 teams in that time frame. This game will be played at Brooks Stadium on the Coastal Carolina campus. The stadium is open air and was built in 2003.
This is wonderful news for a variety of reasons. One, more TV money, which the MAC needs. Two, it reduces the possibility of a MAC team being left home even with the required 6 wins. While some people may not like rewarded mediocrity, I am all for it, at least with regards to college football. These players work their tail off all season, and a nice little vaca at the end is justified. Lastly, it involves the Sunbelt.
There is a natural rivalry with the Sun Belt, and more bowl games against them will help foster that rivalry. Personally, I would like to see a Fun Belt vs. #MACtion challenge at some point, where the two conferences match up on one weeknight, of course, and the conference with the most wins gets bragging rights. This could be done in football and basketball.