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OOC road games related to aver home attendence

Posted on: September 12, 2008 5:48 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2008 3:34 am
 

I want to address the topic of non-conference road games which has been much addressed recently. I have said that I believe a team's willingness to travel for non-conference games is determined by revenue. I wanted to provide some objective evidence for this opinion so I decided to analize the relationship of home attendence to non-conference road games. I believe the evidence will show fewer road games with increasing home attendence.

I calculated the average home attendence and for 116 FBS schools from 2005-2007 (excluding independents). I divided them into 4 groups of 20 and a final group of 36 schools based on average attendence ranking. Here are the attendence numbers for all the groups.

rank            average     range
1-20            88401   70585-110396 
21-40          58674   50859-69093
41-60          43215   38049-50796
61-80          32635   24234-37566
81-116       16970    8921-22982

key
rank is the range group of rankings for average attendence
average is the average attendence for each ranking range
range is the attendence range for each attendence ranking group


I then calculated the average number of OCC regular season road games and total home games for each group for the 3 year period.

rank         away     home
1-20         2.50       20.3
21-40       3.40      19.3
41-60       4.25      19.1
61-80       5.15      18.5
81-116     7.86      16.0

key
rank is the range group of rankings for average attendence
away is the average number of regular season OOC away games for the 3 year period
home is the average number of total home games for the 3 year period

In conclusion, there was an inverse relationship between average home game attendence and average number of regular season non-conference away games from 2005-2007. As suspected the schools number of home games were directly related to their average home attendence. We must keep in mind that CFB is a business, and revenue is a large determinant of game location in the current BCS era. Schools at the lower range of average attendence want these road games because of their financial rewards. This is the nature of the beast. We don't have to like it but at least we should try to understand it.

Comments

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 2:25 am
 

OOC games related to average home attendence

I wonder what percentage of LSU's annual budget comes from revenue generated at home football games?

That would be interesting to know but difficult to calculate not knowing things like concessions and expenses. However, I am fairly certain that football including tickets, parking and concessions is a major revenue source. Then we must consider TV and bowl revenue generated by the football program. If I find any specifics I will post them.




Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2008 3:00 am
 

OOC games related to average home attendence

Interesting findings. I wonder what percentage of LSU's annual budget comes from revenue generated at home football games?



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