On the money end of things, McGarity did even better than I thought he would:
… Louisville declined a request to mutually cancel the series, so the Chick-fil-A Bowl and ESPN agreed to pay a $600,000 series buyout to Louisville and helped arrange an alternative home-and-home series for the Cardinals against North Carolina.
In addition, Georgia will receive approximately $1.7 million to appear in the game, while Boise State will receive $1.4 million.
The Bulldogs also cleared space for an extra 2012 home game – giving Georgia seven home games that season – by ending the Louisville series. McGarity said an announcement on that opponent should come in the near future.
So, he got the buyout cut in half, still has his school taking in more from the game than BSU and picks up a seventh home game in 2012. Not bad for a day’s work.
And here’s the topper:
… The Georgia Dome seats more than 71,000 people, and Georgia fans are expected to fill most of those seats.
Boise State will be given 7,500 tickets and will not face a penalty if any are left unsold, Stokan said.
The rest of the allotted tickets, discounting those reserved for suite owners and local sales, will be given to Georgia. The number is yet to be determined, but Georgia could receive upwards of 50,000 tickets. In dealing with ticket sales, McGarity said his staff would model the allotment after the annual game against Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Well, we’re going to talk about that actually Monday as far as our block,” McGarity said. “In other words, we already have sort of a model in place with the 40,000 tickets that we have in Jacksonville every year. So we basically have a model in place on how to deal with tickets of this bulk. So we’re going to sit down Monday as a staff and fine tune some things and deal with the allocation of 50,000 some odd tickets there.”
50,000 tickets for the home folks. I can see the grin on his face from here.