Official: University of Texas Football Could Play in Mexico

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(NBC 5 News) University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said the Longhorns could play football in Mexico City by 2020 as UT considers expanding its brand internationally.

Patterson, who took over as athletic director 19 months ago, spoke at the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Southwest Region meeting Sunday in Austin. He said UT has a natural advantage because of its proximity to what he considers to be a lucrative fan base in Mexico.

The men’s basketball team will play Washington’s team in China in November, making the two teams the first from any major American sport to play a regular-season game in that country.

The Texas soccer team played Mexico’s Monterrey Tech in an exhibition match in February. The UT volleyball team hosted a squad from China last fall.

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