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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: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:43 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Bottom line is that teams like Oregon State, Oregon, and Virginia Tech gave Boise State a better offer than Nebraska, and thats why these other teams are on Boise's schedule and Nebraska is not.  Nebraska is struggling to catch up to Texas and Oklahoma, so they're terrified of making their schedule harder than it has to be with a Boise State.  I'm guessing that this story went like this.  Boise came calling to Nebraska and so Nebraska crafts a plan to make Boise a crappy offer just so they can save face and pretend that they're not afraid of Boise State.  You think Nebraska isn't thinking about the fact that Boise State beat one of the best Big 12 teams ever in a BCS bowl game a couple years ago?  Child please.




Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:28 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Same crap with their Ole Miss scheduling. Taking in right at a million dollars for that game too. Boise State is a good team but as long as they want to act like nobody will play them and complain about the BCS, then do something about it and quit this idiocy. They don't realize that quality teams like Nebraska are doing Boise State a favor just by playing them, and then they expect to get paid a million dollars for it? ...right Not trying to bust any bubbles, but BSU has been better than Nebraska for a long time now.   I think the big boys dont want to play b/c Vtechs season for their hopes is over week 1.  A neb L 1st week, which would have happened no doubt in my mind ruins all hopes of NC. 

Last Season
For the larger, better-funded programs, such deals typically mean an easy home game:
Western will get $700,000 to play at
State will make $650,000 playing at Michigan State
will get $450,000 for playing at defending national champion
Liberty will earn $365,000 at
Navy will receive an eye-popping $1 million for playing at Ohio State for the first time since 1931.

"I think $1 million is going to be the market price in the coming years," Ohio State athletics director says.

Arkansas State has signed for $1 million payouts from Auburn next season and Virginia Tech in 2011. This season, the Sun Belt Conference team has guarantee games against Nebraska for $750,000 and Iowa for $900,000.

 

 

So if you think that BSU is below nebraska standards, (which as stated above I think BSU should be paying neb to come there at this point) than a $1 mil  payday seems about right.

 

However Boise is currently a better program, so i agree neb should have turned it diwn but not for your stated reasons.  Dont turn this into a history lesson about neb football, we all know their history is right.  But BSU better this decade for sure





Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:24 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

You're forgetting that once we're in the Big 10,those recruits from our backyard-there were seven drafted in the first round last year-will stay home.Once the Big 10 Network gets on basic in NJ-NY,it will double its audience and money from carriage fees.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:22 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Nebraska paid 800k to Idaho.  Boise would make Nebraska a lot more money than Idaho would.  And Ohio State paid 1.4M to CU for a single home game!  1M to Boise thus seems about right.

What's really telling is Nebraska offered 500k for either a home trip or a 2-for-1.  Boise wanted 1M.  Neither side was willing to meet in the middle, so  Boise State scheduled VTech instead of NU - and even netted more money instead.  That's just smart negotiations.   What's telling is NU wanted 1-for-0 or 2-for-1.  VTech wanted a free home game as well.

Boise is right when they say they have trouble scheduling - nobody outside of the PAC-10 has big enough nutsacks to just schedule a home-and-home.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:14 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Nebraska's stadium has a capacity of about 80,000, while Boise's holds about 33,000, so doesnt Nebraska stand to make alot more money off a home and home then Boise?. Like 2-3 times as much? At Boise's prices for a ticket they pull in a little over a million for a home game. Nebraska sells thier tickets between 50 and 70 dollars, so they are making about 4 and a half million just off tickets.

 Im not sure how the whole money situation works out but it seems to me that since both games will more than likely sell out; unless there is like a percentage each school makes off the others ticket sales, 1 million is a pretty fair number to make up at least some of the difference in earnings between the schools

By your theory above, BS would nearly make more money in the 1 million away game than they do at home. They can't expect big schools to even consider giving up one of their home games to go play there, unless maybe they are willing to pay the big team a comparable amount that they would be giving up. Bottom line is BS needs the big schools to get to the NC, the big school does not need BS.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:14 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

How many of those fly over states are going to tune in to see a Rutgers team get stomped week in and week out?



Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:55 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

The Big 10 made a major mistake by adding Nebraska instead of adding Rutgers.How many TV sets are there in fly over country?



Since: Sep 10, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:54 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Nebraska's stadium has a capacity of about 80,000, while Boise's holds about 33,000, so doesnt Nebraska stand to make alot more money off a home and home then Boise?. Like 2-3 times as much? At Boise's prices for a ticket they pull in a little over a million for a home game. Nebraska sells thier tickets between 50 and 70 dollars, so they are making about 4 and a half million just off tickets.

 Im not sure how the whole money situation works out but it seems to me that since both games will more than likely sell out; unless there is like a percentage each school makes off the others ticket sales, 1 million is a pretty fair number to make up at least some of the difference in earnings between the schools.
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Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:52 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Virginia Tech played them because Dan Snyder subsidized the game.  



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:25 am
 

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Cupcake schedule?  Yeah, Nebraska should talk.  The majority of the Big 12, Big 10, and SEC all play, on average, 4-5 road games a year.  Not even 50% of their regular season schedule.  Now that is cupcake!  The PAC-10?  Well, 80% of the teams in that conference play 6 road games a year; with USC playing a national best 7 road games this year under a 13-game schedule.  Nebraska needs to keep quiet and look at their own cupcake schedule along with the rest of their league, playing a majority average of 4 road games a year.  That is weak sauce that even the worst pasta would reject.  Cry me a river Nebraska.

2010 Major Conference Road Games Being Played In The Regular Season:

SEC:
6 road games: Georgia
5 road games: Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Miss, and Miss St.
4 road games: FLORIDA, AUBURN

BIG 12:
6 road games: Colorado, Baylor
5 road games: Texas, Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma St., Texas Tech.
4 road games: OKLAHOMA, KANSAS, TEXAS A&M

BIG 10:
6 road games: Illinois, Northwestern
5 road games: Iowa, Wisconsin, Penn St., Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Purdue
4 road games; OHIO STATE, MICHIGAN STATE

PAC-10:
7 road games: USC
6 road games: Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, UCLA
5 road games: Arizona, California
4 road games; NONE IN THE CONFERENCE

*** I chose not to look at the Big East or the ACC conferences because I found the same pattern of 4 and 5 road games. It is not worthy to post here.***

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