Which conferences took home the bulk of the money from the College Football Playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls this year? I joined Campus Insiders to explain:
I joined Campus Insiders today to discuss how the NFL’s move back into Los Angeles could impact USC and UCLA:
Boston College and Notre Dame meet this weekend at Fenway Park. Two programs steeped in history and tradition playing in one of the most historically-significant sports venues still standing, both with a rich Catholic tradition.
To add to the sense of nostalgia and history, BC will be wearing throwback uniforms inspired by the “Miracle in Miami.” And no ordinary uniform reveal would do. Under Armour and BC had someone very special unveil the uniforms: Doug Flutie, architect of the “Miracle in Miami.” BC was playing Miami in the Orange Bowl on November 23, 1984 when Doug Flutie threw a last-second touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan to give the No. 10 Eagles a 47-45 win over 12th-ranked Miami.
The uniforms feature:
- Solid gold helmet
- Vintage BC logo placed on the shoulder to mimic the placement of the Cotton Bowl logo as worn during the 1985 Cotton Bowl victory
- The gold of the pants, helmet and jersey details reflective of the gold uniform color worn in the 1980’s
- Stripe detail on the pants and baselayer are exact replicas of the stripes on the jersey and pants of the 1984-85 team
The “Holy War,” as its been dubbed, has been played 22 times with Notre Dame leading the series 13-9. The two first met in 1975 not too far from this year’s venue at Foxboro Stadium.
BC and Notre Dame are the only two remaining Catholic institutions playing at the FBS level.
How much money will conferences make from the College Football Playoff this year?
Can Leonard Fournette fetch a historic amount for his game-worn jersey at auction?
And is Ohio State out of line with its ticket price increase for next year’s Michigan game?
I have the answers in my latest segment for Campus Insiders:
Every once in awhile I run across a baseball program that breaks even (or even makes a few bucks), but it’s rare. Even more rare: Nebraska volleyball turns a profit. So, while there are exceptions, trust me when I say they’re few and far between.
Today, I wrote a piece for Outkick the Coverage on FoxSports.com, and I made the case that Ohio State should raise football ticket prices when the market can bear it, because football is the best opportunity to make money for the 15 men’s sports, 17 women’s sports and two mixed teams which all operate at a loss (men’s basketball being the only other exception).
I wanted to give you a closer look at the numbers though. Particularly for those of you who don’t work in intercollegiate athletics, you might not fully understand how the economics work. Generally speaking, football and men’s basketball support every other sport within an athletic department.
Here’s a look at each sport’s revenue and expense numbers at Ohio State for 2014-15:
|Swimming and Diving||$273,022||$1,121,355||-$848,333|
|Track and Field, X-Country||$98,315||$1,278,248||-$1,179,933|
|Swimming and Diving||$96,008||$1,136,163||-$1,040,155|
|Track and Field, X-Country||$89,976||$1,435,552||-$1,345,576|
If you want a bigger picture look at the overall revenue and expense numbers for the athletic department, including how much is donated back to the university. check out my piece on Outkick the Coverage on FoxSports.com.
How much does it cost an athletic department to replace a head football coach?
How have athletic departments changed their offerings now that they can serve student athletes unlimited meals?
And who really makes money on those alternate jerseys?
Check out my latest segment with Campus Insiders for the answers:
Will Texas stay with Nike?
When teams like Auburn and Oregon plummet from the rankings, what does it cost a university?
And what does the latest O’Bannon ruling mean for college athletics and other pending cases?
Check out my latest segment with Campus Insiders:
The start of a new school year ushers in a new financial reality for college athletic departments and, with it, questions about the hot new statistic in college sports: cost of attendance, or COA.
Schools use cost of attendance to determine a student’s need for financial aid, and federal law dictates the types of expenses that can be taken into account when a financial aid department determines its COA figure for the academic year. Athletic departments have traditionally provided grants-in-aid to cover a majority of COA components — tuition, books, room and board — but NCAA rules have prohibited them from covering travel/transportation and personal and miscellaneous expenses.
In January, however, the power five conferences — the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC — granted the ability to offer student athletes stipends to cover the full cost of attendance, and the other Division I football conferences followed suit.
And that’s where the questions come in. The methods that financial aid offices use to determine figures for travel and personal expenses differ from school to school. Different methods mean some schools offer larger stipends than others, creating a new point of differentiation in the hypercompetitive world of college athletics recruiting.
The change sparked a debate about whether the system could be manipulated to provide higher COAs, and the accompanying recruiting advantage, for some schools.
With home games against Texas and USC, Notre Dame has the highest average ticket price at home this season at $332.09, according to ticket search engineTiqIQ. It’s the highest preseason average TiqIQ has recorded in the past five years.
Three of the five most expensive games right now will feature Notre Dame, two in South Bend. Notre Dame vs. Boston College at Fenway Park is averaging a whopping $919.90 per ticket. Texas at Notre Dame comes in second at $829.29, and USC at Notre Dame ranks fifth at $590.81.
Want to see the Top Five most expensive games this year and the Top 10 most expensive teams?
Last year, college football attendance at the FBS level topped 34.7 million fans over 787 games, an average of 44,190 fans per game. One of the advantages to attending a game in person is, of course, the opportunity to tailgate. If you’re anything like me, you try to find friends who are willing to schlep around the tables and chairs and tents and get there six hours before the game to claim a prime spot.
Personally, I enjoy the good food with good friends part of tailgating more than the setup and cleanup portion of the day. If you’re with me, you’ll appreciate the news today. This fall, a new service will launch at 18 universities that takes all of the hassle out of tailgating: Tailgater Concierge.