Interesting article from Dr Saturday about bowl payouts and the difficult situation it places schools, especially the schools whose fans don’t travel well. UConn is getting hammered, holding $2.5 million in tickets it is obligated to sell.
It’s surprising that the power conferences don’t use their leverage to force the bowl games to give them a more equitable arrangement, especially with the real money coming from TV deals. You’d think the Big 10 and the SEC, with their large, very interested fan bases, would at least be able to eliminate the required ticket sales and hotel rooms from their better tie-ins.
I'm also surprised schools choose to raise their costs so much by taking the 300 person band. I understand tradition and all that, but it has to cost at least a million dollars just for them (out of a $3 million payday after revenue sharing). They aren't going to sell enough Fiesta Bowl swag to make up for it.