If ISU goes to a bowl game its imperative that we buy as many tickets directly from the university. Its my understanding that ISU HAS to purchase X amount of tickets for the bowl and then has to do its best to resell them....and possibly take a loss.
The extra practices are huge for the back ups. Ive read that they get extremely valuable reps during the 1st couple weeks of bowl practice, before the starters get back on track for the final week.
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What do you mean by this? The universities and conferences don't pay any money, the conference gets paid by the bowl organizations/communities.
Having a proliferation of bowl games basically has nothing to do with the NCAA or the conferences, or even football for that matter. Many of these bowl games are simply promoted by the economic development organizations of these cities. No different than cities bidding on who gets to host a convention. As long as they can get televised, can sell tickets, and can get a corporate sponsor, any city can put on a crappy bowl if they want. They want the visitors and TV exposure.
This year, there are 35 bowls, which is a new record and they are basically at the limit of the average number of FBS teams that can get to 6-6. But there are already two more proposed bowls just waiting for two existing bowls to fold.
Until the television networks refuse to pay the bowls and/or the bowl becomes a ticket disaster, it is a simple economic investment these cities and corporate sponsors make. Once it becomes uneconomical for the sponsor or the city to subsidize, the bowl folds.
The NCAA and conferences could give a rats behind about the quality of the games or whether 6-6 teams "deserve" to get a bowl. They love the $$ if someone is willing to pay.
Thanks for helping make my point. The thing of it is, it should be about quality and deserving teams, it's crimminal that it is not. The someone willing to pay is ISU and anyother 6-6 team who gets invited to a crappy bowl.
When one of the conditions for a team accepting a bowl bid involves the University being mandated to purchase 10,000-15,000 or more tickets at $90 - then yes the University is paying in part for the bowl.
Do you think I just make these things up. Anyone who thinks that Universities do not in some way pay to participate in some of these lower bowls is ignoring reality.
So, with the same record as last year, and a harder schedule.. why would we end up in a worse bowl than last year? There were reps from the Insight Bowl at the Nebraska game, they probably want us again after that game.
We will be in the Insight, Texas, Pinstripe, or Holiday Bowl. All of which are at the end of December.
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