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Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:12 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 12:18 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

In a move directly tied to West Virginia's arrival in the Big 12, the Mountaineers were forced to back out of a scheduled Sept. 8 contest with Florida State. The school paid Florida State a $500,000 cancellation fee but the total loss could end up being much more expensive, according to one school official.

"We'll probably lose $2.5 million in ticket sales," assistant athletic director Elliot Finebloom told ESPN.com. The school has been scrambling to replace West Virginia on the home schedule, a task that could end up costing Florida State an additional $1 million. Finebloom also explained the economic importance of keeping that date a home game on the schedule.

“Seven home games is something every business in town counts on, from hotels to restaurants,” Finebloom said. “People think it’s about the athletic department wanting to make more money, but we have a responsibility to area businesses who count on seven home games.”

The ACC regular season schedule had been released at this point in 2011, but Florida State's efforts to replace West Virginia are one of the "unusual circumstances" pushing back the release of the 2012 schedule.

The ACC issued a release late last week to explain the delay:

"As has been documented, there are a number of unusual circumstances beyond the control of the ACC and its member schools that have directly impacted a number of our school's nonconference schedules, which in turn effects the development and completion of the overall schedule."

According to Coley Harvey, of the Orlando Sentinel, the Seminoles have reached out to more than 50 schools to try and fill the date. As many as 31 of those have been FBS programs, reportedly including Boise State, Texas A&M, Syracuse, Rutgers, Wyoming, Arkansas, and Pittsburgh.

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Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

"What is with these schools thinking they 'deserve' all home non conf games or 3 out of 4.  I am pretty sure I saw where Ohio State plays all four non conf games at home this year."

It's because those schools can't always play their OOC games at the other school. Schools like tOSU and Alabama travel with 40+ thousand fans. Take LSU and Western Kentucky, there's no way they could seat that crowd or handle that many visitors at home. There aren't a lot of other schools that can handle that kind of crowd.

"Funny how everyone blames WVA.  The true blames lies in the greed of the ACC and SEC who started poaching from the Big 12 / Big East.  They started a chain reaction that has destabilized many conferences and teams schedules."

Not quite. Texas wrapped up a deal for the Texas tv market that would have given them an in-state recruiting edge, at least from A&M's view. That's what got them wanting to jump ship on their conference, and Missouri took advantage of the SEC wanting an even number of teams to make what will turn out to be a great move for them too. As for the rest of the teams, there was a lot of mis- or poor management in some of those conference AD's. As for where they went, yea, the SEC is top dog now, but it's like gas prices and the oil companies, everybody complains sure, and they take advantage of pricing and big market deals and make tons of money, but nobody is stopping you from buying into them and getting some of that for yourself. It's a free country and Capitalism pays the bills. Cool



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Funny how everyone blames WVA.  The true blames lies in the greed of the ACC and SEC who started poaching from the Big 12 / Big East.  They started a chain reaction that has destabilized many conferences and teams schedules, yet oddly seem to set outside of criticism for the events they started to increase TV revenues.

FSU is a victim in this, along with many other teams who had home games moved or canceled.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

FSU wants to try to make a big deal out of this cancellation, but they seem to forget about canceling a game with WVU back when FSU joined the ACC. There is so much flaw to this article, i really can't believe they would release this without some proof from FSU. There is no way FSU loses 2.5 million ticket sales and another 1 million on scheduling another school because of this cancellation. They will get a home game and it will not take a million to buy a game. If they schedule a FSB school at home it will probably only cost them around $300.000. And lose 15,000 to 20,000 less tickets sold, but that doesn't equal 2.5 million lost on tickets sales. And if they should get a game against a decent BCS school it a wash. Plus the $500.000 they get from WVU. Or $300.000 if the opponent is a equal in comparison to WVU. 

To believe this article, you would have to be a FSU or ACC Fan, or a dam!! idiot like Buford IQ62.      



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

If it was gonna be a $2.5M loss if canceled then that is what should have been in the contract.....I didnt realize it was rocket science!!!!



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

@cmujab81  rich rod did honor his contract.  he paid WVU the buyout amount.  we paid FSU the buyout amount.  that is how contracts work.  it's not wvu's fault that FSU's home schedule is not very good.  they should have better fans that come to see their own players play and not worry who the opposing team is.  Sounds like a problem with the fanbase to me!!  GO MOUNTIES!!



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

WVU Dad?  You know if we would have dropped Marshall there would have been a political fire storm.  And why are you so sure FSU would have come back to Morgantown in 2013?  You do know that is when Pitt and Syracuse are probably going to start play in the ACC.  They more than likely were going to stick us without a home game in 2013!!  I am happy Oliver Luck is running our athletic department.  He thinks to the future!!  GO MOUNTIES!!!



Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

wvuinmd...I sure remember WVU crying alot with rich rod left and wvu wanted him to honor his contract.  Now the shoe is on the other foot and wvu does not want to honor its contracts, big east or fsu's.  Who is crying now? 



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

What the hell are you talking about???  Pitt and Syarcuse went behind everyones back and sunk the Big East.  Those 2 schools caused these problems.  And if their AD's had the capcity as in $'s they would be gone also.  I am happy that AD Luck had the sack to make sure WVU fell on it's feet and didnn't leave wvvu to drift in the wind waiting for the brick to fall.  It's called being PROACTIVE!!!  GO MOUNTIES!!!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

The buyout was less for the Marshall game ($150K, someone else said) and we'd certainly rather play the Seminoles, but WVU makes about $2 million for each home date, so there's no doubt it was cheaper to pay FSU the $500K, which was a negotiated price.

It's not FSU's fault, and I feel for them; the two schools have always had an amicable relationship.  To the extent that the ACC is also being inconvenienced, however, they can twist in the wind for all I care.  They screwed us twice by poaching our league (first Va. Tech, Miami, and BC - then Pitt and Syracuse).  You can argue that it's the Big East's fault that true Eastern football no longer exists, dating back to its rejection of Penn State.  But I assure you, as much as WVU fans deride John Marinatto and the Providence Mafia, there is even less love lost in Morgantown for John Swofford and the ACC.



Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

FSU nd ACC can cry all day long. You are the one's that destroyed the Big East. Make Pitt or Syracuse play since you wanted those "programs" to enhance your crappy football conferance.


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