PASADENA, CA - The 2017 Rose Bowl will be broadcast live on Monday January 2 on the NBC Television network. The game will pit the USC Trojans against the Nitanny Lions of Penn State.
The game, the oldest of bowl games, is preceded by the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Usually played on New Year's Day, the game and parade followed a century old tradition of being played on Monday in those years when January 1 is a Sunday. While church services play a role in the decision to change the day, the change was made for practical purposes instead of religious ones.
The Tournament of Roses parade route passes through Pasadena California. There are several churches along the route. In the early days of the parade, many people still uses horses, or horses and buggies, to get to church. Organizers of the parade felt that all the noise of the parade and marching bands may spook the large number horses that were hitched outside churches on Sunday morning, so the parade date changes in some years.
Locally the parade will be broadcast on NBC 4 in New York starting at 11 a.m. with the Rose Bowl following immediately afterward.