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Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:10 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's pretty well-known that Boise State has historically struggled to fill its schedule with enough legitimate teams to beef the season's strength of schedule to the point of respectability. Sure, there's Oregon last year, Virginia Tech last weekend, but by and large, it's slim pickings. But if the report from the Omaha World-Herald today is true, it sure sounds like Boise's not really putting in a good-faith effort:

 

Nebraska called. Nebraska tried.

In the past year, NU tried to put together a series with BSU; two-for-one, home-and-home, one-way trip to Lincoln. Whatever. It ended up fizzling out. Why?

Because, according to NU Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog, Boise wanted a minimum $1 million to play in Lincoln.

This, of course, is insanity. Nebraska has zero incentive to agree to a deal like that; while the athletic program would still make money off of the game even after handing over seven figures to their esteemed guests, they'd make a lot more by hosting any number of other programs instead. Moreover, for BCS teams, non-conference strength of schedule doesn't really matter. Or, if you demand more nuance, SOS does matter, but not nearly to the extent that it would offset the negative effect of taking a loss should Nebraska lose that game (easily possible).

But if that's the way Boise wants to play it, by all means, let them. Just keep stories like these in mind the next time a BSU fan complains about the consequences of the cupcake schedule they face every year.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:41 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:51 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Well said Huskernick. If Boise is going to demand respect the least they can do is play teams like Nebraska to offset their weak conference schedule. I guess the anytime anywhere was just talk or was it anytime anywhere for a million dollars lol!



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

no, idiots. Tom Shatel said in the article they wanted a million bucks no matter what the combo. They talked about a nuetral site game in Denver, 3 game series, 2 game, and just a one game.

the point is, if boise wants to play the big boys, why not just play them? why demand that kind of money?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:51 pm
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

You missed the point. . . this was to be a home and home schedule . . . Nebraska goes to Boise and Boise goes to Nebraska. TWO GAMES. Why should Nebraska have to pay Boise to come to Nebraska? Is Boise going to pay Nebraska to come to Boise?
You missed the point, woodyhays. This was to be a two-for-one schedule. Nebraska goes to Boise once and Boise goes to Nebraska twice. THREE GAMES. Why shouldn't Nebraska have to pay Boise and pay them fairly for that third game?

By the way, yes, Boise was going to pay Nebraska to come to Boise. That's how it works with return games, the home team pays the visiting team. When Ohio State and USC played, both teams paid each other. I used to live in Missouri and I know that when Missouri played home-and-home with Nevada, Nevada received $650,000 to come to Columbia the first year. The next year, Nevada paid Missouri $650,000 to come to Reno.



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

This is just another story from a local newspaper devoid of the important facts.  Nebraska is asking for 2 home games against Boise State in exchange for 1 away game.  This is unfair of itself, but we know nothing of the financial negotiations, because they are secret.  Nonetheless, we know big schools routinely demand unfair schedules, such as this one, with unbalanced payouts.  Nebraska generates revenue 4-5 times greater than Boise State.  Nonetheless, schools like Boise State are not unwilling to play for big money, as when they recently met #10 VT on the east coast.  The surprising thing is the NU assistant athletic director was foolish enough to make off hand comments that may very well cost him his job.     



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Texan Bob 7,

You missed the point. . . this was to be a home and home schedule. . . Nebraska goes to Boise and Boise goes to Nebraska. TWO GAMES. Why should Nebraska have to pay Boise to come to Nebraska? Is Boise going to pay Nebraska to come to Boise?

I will note that Ohio State paid Navy $2.5 mil for one game that was at Ohio Stadium, but there was NO return game at Navy's home stadium. And when Ohio State played Southern California a home and home game, neither teams paid each other. the Return game was the benefit for the home game. That's just how the system works.



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Same ol story, the Cornholes just want to take there Nerf ball and go home. Goahead play The Iowa School for the Sisters of the Muddy River.



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

BSU should be paying teams a million to play them on their own ugly field. I can't even stand to watch them play a home game, gives me a headache. 



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2010 11:33 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Apparently, neither the author nor the BSU haters understand the economics of College Football Scheduling.  Nebraska is paying the University of Idaho $800,000 for today's game.  Idaho is rated #82 in the Sagarin ratings.  Alabama paid San Jose State $900,000 for last Saturdays massacre.  San Jose State is rated 112th.  Boise State is rated #1 in the Sagarin ratings.  You get what you pay for!

Boise State should never again agree to an arrangement such as the Virginia Tech game where VT received twice as much as Boise - and for a home game.   Nor should they accept arrangements where the game is billed as a neutral site but where VT had obvious home field advantages including full control of the big screen which profiled VT player starting lineups and never displayed any BSU information.  And although a 200 member VT marching band stomped all over the field, the redskins didn't want BSU's horse to lead the team on the field.
Little things, but very aggravating to BSU fans attending.
 



Since: Oct 3, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:45 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Of course Nebraska wouldn't do it.  It's not necessarily the money, but why pay 1 million for the chance to kill your season.  BSU is a good enough to beat Nebraska, and would be among the 2-3 best wins for BSU.  A Nebraska win would make it among the top 6-7 teams Nebraska faces.  It isn't worth the risk.  Now if the game were free it would be a different story.

Someone made a comment about the cost of traveling to Nebraska......blah....blah....blah.

  Are you kidding me, the boosters would gladly pay for the trip for a chance to be legitimate.  Also, I don't know the specifics, but I will wager everything I have that playing in a national championship will cover the cost of the trip.


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