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College football marketing and PR - Week 12

College Football Marketing/PR: Week 12 Hits and Misses

College football marketing and PR - Week 12

Which program created a gameday primer online that gives fans everything they need to know each week?

Are we going to start seeing more movie trailers on stadium video boards?

Click here to read our Week 12 college football marketing and public relations hits and misses to find out the answers to these questions and more!

Every week during college football season, my colleague Allison Banko and I will be blogging about marketing and public relations hits and misses from the previous week. See anything that should make our list? Let us know by email or tweet us: @SportsBizMiss or @AllisonBanko!

College football marketing - Week 11

College Football Marketing/PR: Week 11 Hits and Misses

College football marketing - Week 11Which FCS school grabbed our attention on social media this week?

How do you get students out for a Tuesday night game in the cold and rain?

Click here to read our Week 11 college football marketing and public relations hits and misses to find out the answers to these questions and more!

Every week during college football season, my colleague Allison Banko and I will be blogging about marketing and public relations hits and misses from the previous week. See anything that should make our list? Let us know by email or tweet us: @SportsBizMiss or @AllisonBanko!

College Athletics Construction Roundup

College Athletics Construction Roundup: November 2014

College Athletics Construction RoundupThe “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities.  Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

The University of Northern Illinois unveiled plans for a complete overhaul of its athletic facilities. The $138 million, privately-funded effort will include renovations to Huskie Stadium as well as a new baseball field, new tennis courts and a new indoor Olympic sports facility.

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Football

Syracuse announced it has no plans to schedule neutral site games at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium after 2016.

Indiana confirmed plans to enclose Memorial Stadium’s south end zone. The new end zone will allow for locker room expansion and will include a cafeteria.

Kentucky unveiled plans for a $45 million football training facility. The facility will house dining facilities, strength & conditioning areas, players’ lounge and new locker room.

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Basketball

Butler spent $36 million to renovate historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. 4,500 new chair-back seats, a video scoreboard, additional restrooms, and wider concourses address fan comfort and engagement. For the men’s and women’s basketball teams the facility includes new locker rooms, training areas, classroom and meeting space and a larger weight room.

Hinkle Fieldhouse Photo courtesy of RATIO Architects (click photo for more project information)
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Photo courtesy of RATIO Architects, Inc. (click photo for more project information)

Texas will demolish the Frank Erwin Center to make room for a new medical school on campus. A new arena is expected to cost up to $500 million. Continue reading

Roundin' Up the News

Roundin’ Up the News: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas, Michigan and the Orange Bowl

Roundin' Up the News

Want more business of college sports news and analysis? Here are several publications we noticed mentioning our work this week:

Mississippi Rising: How Ole Miss, Mississippi State are capitalizing on a historic football season

What can Ole Miss and Mississippi State do with all the positive media attention and the increase in applications that’s sure to come? AL.com takes a look at the situation.

Dave Brandon at U-M: What Happened and What’s Next?

A comprehensive review of Brandon’s tenure at Michigan and what went wrong by the Detroit Free Press.

UT’s Football Program Is the Most Profitable in the Country. By a Lot.

A look at the finances of the University of Texas football program by Texas Monthly.

Capital One hits ESPN’s target for college football’s Orange Bowl ($)

Sports Sponsorship Insider interviewed The Business of College Sports founder Kristi Dosh on the value of bowl title sponsorships in this piece on Capital One’s new deal with the Orange Bowl. Subscription required.

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College Football Marketing Week 9

College Football Marketing/PR: Week 9 hits and misses

College Football Marketing Week 9Which college basketball program found a way to get the attention of students who are likely focused on the football program’s 6-1 season?

And which school’s hype video is getting props from rival fan bases?

Click here to read our Week 9 college football marketing and public relations hits and misses.

Every week during college football season, my colleague Allison Banko and I will be blogging about marketing and public relations hits and misses from the previous week. See anything that should make our list? Let us know by email or tweet us: @SportsBizMiss or @AllisonBanko!

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Bowl Title Sponsorship Musical Chairs

With yesterday’s announcement that Vizio will be the new title sponsor for the Fiesta Bowl, after Tostitos ended their 18-year relationship earlier this year, we now have four title sponsors who are changing their bowl affiliations for the 2014 season.

Need a visual to keep track?

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Nick Saban House

Crimson Tide Foundation Bought Nick Saban’s House

Nick Saban House

There’s an interesting piece over on AL.com today about the Crimson Tide Foundation purchasing Nick Saban’s 8,759 square foot house from him for $3.1 million shortly after Alabama beat Notre Dame for the national championship in January 2013. It’s probably not a coincidence that happened around the same time Saban was rumored to be speaking with Texas about its head coaching position.

Saban is currently banking $6.9 million annually under a new contract he signed earlier this year with Alabama that attempts to keep him as head coach through at least 2022, and now he has a house he can live in for the rest of his life rent free.

He’s worth every penny – and I say that as a Florida grad.

Click here to read more of my piece on Outkick the Coverage, where I detail Saban’s financial impact on University of Alabama.

Home and home series - use this one

FBS College Football Home-and-Home Series Schedule

Home and home series - use this one

Editor’s note: Any games canceled or opted out of after we posted this list are indicated with a strikethrough and a link to any stories regarding such cancellation.

Home-and-home football games are definitely a growing trend in college football. As teams look to strengthen their schedule with non-conference games they are increasingly scheduling these home-and-home series. Texas and Michigan have the home-and-home scheduled the furthest out at this point with games in 2024 and 2027.

Not included here are the five games each year Notre Dame is playing against ACC opponents as part of its long-term scheduling arrangement.

Here is a round-up of games within FBS through 2027:

2015

Sept. 3: TCU at Minnesota*

Sept. 5: Texas at Notre Dame

Sept. 7: Ohio State at Virginia Tech*

Sept. 12: Oklahoma at Tennessee*

Sept. 12: Oregon at Michigan State*

Sept. 12: UCF at Stanford

Sept. 12: Army at UConn

Sept. 19: Nebraska at Miami*

Sept. 19: UConn at Missouri

Sept. 19: Illinois at North Carolina

Sept. 26: USF at Florida State

Sept. 26: NIU at Boston College

Sept. 26: LSU at Syracuse

Oct. 2: UConn at BYU

Oct. 3: Wyoming at Appalachian State Continue reading

College football marketing Week 8

College Football Marketing/PR: Week 8 Hits and Misses

College football marketing Week 8

Every week during college football season, my colleague Allison Banko and I will be blogging about marketing and public relations hits and misses from the previous week. See anything that should make our list? Let us know by email or tweet us: @SportsBizMiss or @AllisonBanko!

Click here to read our Week 8 hits and misses.