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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: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:18 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

For the people who thinks Boise St. needs Nebraska, thats crazy!!! Boise St. is the #3 team in the country and just played in one of the most watched college football games of all time!!! They need Nebraska for what, again?? To get ranked highly?? Higher than #3?? I think not.. They need Nebraska for ratings?? I think not... Oh yeah, I guess Boise need Nebraska to get on Sportscenter more often.. PLEASE.. The only thing that got more coverage than Boise St., this summer, was Bret Favre getting off the plane in Minnesota..

People keep saying that Nebraska has sold out every game since the 60's.. SO WHAT!!! Thats not the point here.. If you play Boise, now-a-days, then you will STILL sell out your home game AND you get your program in a Top 10 watched game of all-time.. Thats a l ot of exposeure.. Press.. Attention.. ESPN coverage.. PLUS, you get a chance to start your season off beating a Top 3 school in the polls..

Sounds like Boise St. has all the cards.. They don't need Nebraska.. But Nebraska needs something to get back to the 90's, Lawrence Phillips beating women, level...

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:55 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?


Posted by: soylentgreen on 09/09/10 @ 3:24 pm:

Shatel is misstating the facts about the Boise - NU talks. Boise offered to do a 'one and done' for the $1million price tag, or to do a 1 for 1, NU wanted to pay around $500k for a one time trip to lincoln, or do a 2 for 1. NU refused to do less than a 2 for 1, boise refused to do a 'one shot' for less than $1M.

The two sides moved on, and Boise got $1.25 million from Virginia Tech for their 1 shot, NU got SD state for less than $500,000. Neither side ducked the other, they just did what was best for them financially.

For Nebraska to expect to pay a top 10 team the same amount they would pay a SD state is laughable. 

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:52 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

This article is old news.  Word first came out about this long before NU ever
even considered jumping from the Big 12 to the Big 10. 

Ill will knock off a few of these idiot statements one at a time.  NU is willing
to pay Idaho 800 k for a home game because it doesnt have to turn and
give them a home game.  All of the big schools do this. 

NU needs BSU more than BSU needs NU?  Really?  In what way, shape or
form does NU need BSU?  BSU needs credibility and isnt going to get it
with its schedule.  Yes, They played VT on a semi neutral field and yes
they did get their huge pay day for that game.  That is the reason why
that game ever happened.  Oregon and Oregon St are close in proximity
and are willing to do a home and away series with BSU.  No other big
program like Bama, NU, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State etc etc is ever
going to give BSU a home and home for the money that Boise St is
asking for.

Has anyone ever looked at home many people fit into BSU's stadium?
35k tops.  Do you want to share a gate with that.  Name me one big name
program that is going to accept losing money on a road game (not to mention
possibly losing the game itself).  What is gained from that?  Florida can
schedule the sisters of the poor in it first couple games and not leave the state
because its conference is as tough as it is .

People need to stop thinking that BSU is owed anything.  The big boys arent
going to pay BSU anymore than they are going to pay Wyoming or Fresno St
because they dont get anything out of it.  If they win their home game, it is
a home win against a good team.  If they lose, they are a laughing stock.
They arent going to lose money traveling to that joke of a stadium that BSU
has with the possibility of losing and screwing up their season. 

In the end, Giving Boise St the same money you would give Penn St for a home
and home is a joke.  BSU simply thinks they deserve more that what they really
should be getting.  Look at what Fresno St is doing with their schedule and they
play in the same conference.  Fresno St gets it.  They arent a big fish and neither
is BSU.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:52 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Say what you want about the administrators, fans and apologists but leave the coaches out of this.  They don't say anything.  The only talking the coaches and the team do is on the field and you probably don't want to hear what they'd tell your team. 

"BSU and their fans are quickly becoming intolerable little brats that need their a$$es spanked."

 Please convince your AD to schedule them if you REALLY think you could spank their a$$es.  Until the school you are a fan of is willing to play BSU anything you say is extremely hypecritical.  Without knowing the details there is no way to know whether any of the offers that Nebraska made were even possible for BSU from a financial standpoint.  It does state in the article that Nebraska could pay BSU and still make money off the game.  Maybe it's just me, but it sounds like it's the teams that BSU is trying to play that have found THEIR excuse for not stepping up.  If you want to shut BSU up, JUST BEAT 'EM.... of course you would actually have to PLAY them to have a chance of doing that. 

Since: Sep 10, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:48 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

they'd make a lot more by hosting any number of other programs insteadIs that really the case?
If you play Boise these days and you don't suck (looking at you other WAC teams) you are almost guaranteed to play at night on ESPN or ABC. Not to mention we would hear about the game everyday for 6 months beforehand.  I'm on the west coast so maybe I miss Nebraska on TV but it doesn't seem like they (or any other Big 12 team except Texas) get a whole lot of national attention these days.  Didn't that lack of attention have something to do with Nebraska's exodus to the Big 10 next year (which has their own network)?  No one can make the case Nebraska gets more attention nationally than Boise these days.  9.9 million people watched the BSU-VT game the other night.  Nebraska has never has that many people watch one of their games.  In fact, BSU-VT was the second most watched college football game ever.
BSU is not obligated to play for any less than there value.  While I am no expert on how much a match-up is worth, it does not seem outside the realm of possibility a game with BSU may be worth a million bucks right now--especially when you consider a BCS game nets 17 million for each participant.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:45 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Trackernot - your so full of crap it should be coming out of you ears.

I found a BSU blogger complaining about his own school.  He had links to various articles.   Before they ever played that great 2006 season, they were asking for a Home-and-Home series plus $300K PER GAME!  So, they have been asking for this large amount of money, even before the 4th down and 50 Hook-n-Ladder or the Statue of Liberty gimic plays!Show us sorces.  That is an out right lie. 

Are you Naive or just stupid?  Home and Homes never require any money.  Never had and the school states that it never will.  Truth is, schools are taking any angle they can to unlegitimize a Boise program whom they all figure is a bigger risk then they want to take. 

Now who seems more reasonsable? 

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:37 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

You nailed it. Boise St is the one who needs to work to fill its schedule, not NU. The incentive is a quality opponent for less money. Pay us more because we could beat you vs that scrub you could have show up for less money is not much incentive.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:37 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Maybe they should turn their hideous blue field back to $reen!

Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:34 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

For free?  Is it quiet in your world?  I have little use for the Husker nation, but BSU needs this game (and more like it) more than Nebraska and the rest of the automatic qualifiers.  Instead of joining the Mountain West BSU should have stepped up and made every effort to join a BCS conference.  I would love to see how BSU would handle high level competition every week instead of once or twice a season.  I'm going to enjoy watching the Big Ten schools beat up on Nebraska.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:25 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Everyone saying whichever team is better needs to check their ego and use a little common sense and reasoning here. This has absolutely nothing to do with anybody being afraid of anyone else... it's all about money.

If Nebraska wins every game on their schedule, they will play for a National Championship regardless of their non-conference schedule. Boise State does not have that luxury because they play in a weaker conference, so they are in the position of having to schedule a hard non-conference schedule. Based on this, which makes more sense for Nebraska:
1. Paying Idaho $800000 for a virtually guaranteed win
2. Paying Boise State $1000000 for a game that they could lose

If the goal is to win the National Championship, the business decision here seems obvious. Pay out less money and get the guaranteed win to help towards the end goal. In this sense, Boise State needs Nebraska much more than Nebraska needs Boise State, and this is why Nebraska would offer Boise State less money.

As for some people's argument that playing Boise State will make Nebraska more money, Nebraska has sold out every home game since November 3, 1962 regardless of the quality of the opponent... so playing Boise State in the above 2 options would actually cost Nebraska $200000 (and the potential loss). The ability to sell all of these tickets is also the main reason why any team with a fan base plays more home games.

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