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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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Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

If I am not mistaken, only the away game with FSU has been cancelled.  FSU is free to come to Morgantown and play in 2013 if they so wish.  Not sure why FSU would have any trouble filling this void in their schedule.  There are 7 BE teams looking for an opponent to fill the void of both TCU and WVU missing from their schedules.

Go get you one of them quality BE teams to keep the FSU fanbase happy.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:08 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

WVU has put many of their former conference and regional friends in a Scheduling Bind for 2012, in it's haste to get to the BIGXII to play in the 2012 football season.  Rather than have class; Oliver Luck could not stand the fact that WVU was still left in the BIG EAST, after PITT and SYRACUSE announced their respective schools would be joining the ACC.  Luck then proceded to send inquiries to the ACC, SEC and B1G10 to see if he could find a spot for WVU in one of these BCS leagues.  After Luck found out that none of these conferences were interested in WVU at THIS TIME, he then proceeded to promised the BIGXII that his bunch would be playing in that conference for 2012 if they were invited.  Time was of the essence for the BIGXII, since MISSOURI announced in the 11th hour that the Tigers were heading to the SEC.  Therefore, the BIGXII, needed to fill it's number 10 team as quickly as possibly, so now you have it with WVU.

No one can blame the WVU fans for wanting to get out of the hodgepodge BIG EAST.  But there is still  more movement to be had with the BCS football conferences, and it would probably have worked out for WVU later on, to be invited to one of the three conferences listed above when all the dust has settled. The BIG EAST is still doomed until the powers that be in that league understands the only way it will work is with one entity; and that being a single ALL-SPORTS Conference, and telling Notre Dame to get ALL-IN or TAKE a HIKE. WVU, in it's haste to get out of the BIG EAST, has cost its supporters a bunch of money to get in the BIGXII, buy out the BIG EAST, buy out the FSU game, bad publicity, regional friends, and favors down the road from intercollegiate sports programs because they were left high and dry to replace teams on their schedules for 2012.  Florida State was not the only school left for themselves in a scheduling bind, it is a bunch of other schools also.  Acolades can be given out to the ACC, and PITT & SYRACUSE for the manner in which they are handling their move to the ACC, and not leaving the other BE schools and their friends high and dry until new schools join the BIG EAST.  As the saying goes, What Goes Around Comes Around", and everyone has a honeymoon. These Honeymoon don't last forever ! 




Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

The University of Memphis should play this game instead of playing at Arkansas State for the second year in a row.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:49 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

My suggestion then to FSU would be: don't include a buyout clause in your contract if you have that much to lose.  Since the contract stated that the game could be cancelled for $X, all you get is $X.  The contract was not breached, it was fulfilled with the buyout.  If you don't like it, don't put that clause in the contract.



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:46 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

FSU should send a bill to WVU and/or the Big 12.  Better yet, since WVU loves to go to court to get out of deals, FSU should take them there and let WVU pay for the real cost to FSU. 



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:43 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.  What a crock?  Once these super conferences start, the NCAA will have to make them play all 12 games in conference to keep these pathetic programs from scheduling terrible home non conf games all the time!




Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

“Seven home games is something every business in town counts on, from hotels to restaurants,” . “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.”

Well, I'll be, who would have thought that a big university would care about the local merchants.  Looks like Luck has us headed for yet another lawsuit.   Why the hell he chose to do away with a great home and home with FSU but kept the Marshall game with its $150 K buyout,  we ended up with 7 real home games and the "home" game at DC anyway, so this game should NOT have been the one to get cancelled.



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