Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Everyone can't have seven home games Chapter 1

"I just want what is coming to me I just want my far share!"

The new 12 game football schedule has started a money grab with the rich and powerful buying a 7th profitable game. As, The Backout Bowl Scheduling is a slippery game in college football, shows the putting together a college football schedule can be akin to the Rubric cube of old with ESPN stepping to make the odd evil if you like twist.

Early this years West Virginia University found itself jilted by Buffalo. UB's motivation was external with Auburn will to pay $600,000 for a game vs. the $300,000 WVU had contracted for minus a $200,000 penalty UB still nets $400,000.

Looking at UB's 2004-05 finances this $100,000 represents a +20% to ticket sales and the $400,000 almost equals the prior guarantees. Has a school like UB done what is needed to build their program or have they merely become a prostitute. Is Auburn the john with money to buy a home game for which they will pocket more than the dollars given to the Bison?

This situation is not unique and this subject warrants further comment.

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