Sunday, April 20, 2008

Not Good At Math But...

Consider these quote from Hawaii earns $4.4 million for Sugar
1. "The University of Hawaii will receive nearly $4.4 million for playing in the Sugar Bowl..."
2. "Georgia, which beat Hawaii, 41-10, will earn $17 million for the Southeastern Conference..."

So Hawaii get $4.4 million of what pie? Where did that number come from? Shouldn't this article explain the difference? Is it that the average reader does not really care or is the journalist too lazy to bother?

It is well known that Notre Dame gets $4.5 million from the BCS each year that they share with no one. Less controversial and less well known is the money given the the "non-BCS" conferences. After some digging and futile time at a 2006 article shed some light on the situation.

According to USA Today, "The non-guaranteed leagues (Conference USA, WAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, Mid-American) receive 9% of the projected BCS net revenue, or about $9 million on an annual basis, according to the BCS. That increases by another 9% when a team from one of those leagues is in a BCS game.

The leagues then negotiate a split, with the biggest share going to the participating conference."

Next question: Do Army and Navy get any BCS money?

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