“Who’s getting hurt by too many?”, ctd.

I’m trying to think of a more reasonable thing that Stewart Mandel has written in his Mailbag than this, and I can’t come up with anything.

You’ve presumably read numerous stories about teams losing money by playing in bowls, most notably due to unsold tickets. It’s ridiculous for bowls to expect Florida State fans to pay $120 for the same upper-deck Orange Bowl tickets that are available for $17.50 on StubHub, and then if they don’t, stick the schools with the bill. More reasonably, give the schools a week to sell out their allotment (many this bowl season, including Stanford, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Syracuse, UCLA, Ole Miss and Iowa State, have done just that) before returning the rest, even if that means a lower payout to the team’s respective conference. Or, the conferences should cover ALL expenses, lopping that amount off the top of the overall bowl revenue it divides among its schools. No conference or school actually loses money in the bowl system, but it is true (and ridiculous) that 3-9 Auburn may receive a bigger cut of the SEC’s pie than 11-1 Florida simply because the former had no overpriced Sugar Bowl tickets of its own to unload.

Once you’ve addressed those issues, there’s no remaining downside I can see to having so many bowls. Players get a mini-vacation, $550 in gift swag and an extra month with their teammates. Coaches get the extra practice time and a recruiting bump. Fans of the participants get to go somewhere for the holidays. And the rest of us get three weeks of college football games on TV, which we’ve shown by now that we’ll happily watch.

Fine by me.  It’s a long time from mid-January to Labor Day, peeps.  I don’t need it to be any longer.

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18 responses to ““Who’s getting hurt by too many?”, ctd.

  1. Castleberry

    Agree 100% – the bowl ticket system through the schools is garbage. Buying tickets through the school gives you an unknown seat location at full price. The schools are usually starting with corner and upper level seats anyway.

    I’ve been shafted again and again by the school on neutral site ticket locations. Per the Hartman fund 2013 literature I’m in the top 20% of donors. Interesting that I was sitting behind 99% of the Bulldog Nation in the dome. I know donors with higher levels that were behind me. Until this gets fixed, schools will keep eating their overpriced bowl tickets.

    • The other Doug

      You aren’t greasing the right gears. It’s amazing that nobody has gone to jail for the weird stuff that happens with UGA tickets.

  2. Merv

    I have thought for several years now that the SEC should get tougher on the bowls with which it has contracts. The bowls typically assign the participating schools seats in the end zone or upper deck, while many sideline seats go unsold. I have been to every Georgia bowl game for years and normally buy my tickets though the UGA ticket office. However I went to the secondary market this year to get better seats at a better price.
    The Conference should flex its muscle and demand better seat assignments.

  3. What fresh hell is this?

    Stewart Mandel being reasonable? Maybe there is something to this Mayan apocalypse thing.

  4. HVL Dawg

    Personally, I think it is a good idea to screw Florida every time it is possible. Other than that, it all makes sense.

    (Oh, and except for the 2nd place team in the East jumping over the 1st place team in the East and taking the Sugar Bowl berth because of losing a tight game to Alabama.)

  5. Cojones

    I was really P-Oed about that jump until considering the opponent. I’m going to like me some Big-10 Cornhusker putdown. Anything to piss off Delany.

  6. Cojones

    Senator, not meaning to vary or hijack the thread from the subject too much, but did you see the ABC report on steroids. Some of it is good and asks good questions, but some of it is pure Pome’d Rue. Interesting. No mention of Kolton Houston.

  7. Cojones

    Sorry. Think that the suggestion for the SEC to pick up the excess is not a bad idea for the future. Everyone wouldn’t have to divide their loyalties between school and ticket price. That would do more than anything to get the bowl sponsors in line.

  8. Spike

    But the footballl mags come out in June!!

  9. SouthGaDawg

    Senator and GTP nation – I’m for 60 plus bowls. Let everybody play. The bottom 30 or so bowls can be played at the higher ranked team’s stadium. Start playing the games right after conference championship weekend. You can have Tuesday, Wed., & Thursday night games all through December.

    • Puffdawg

      I’ll take GHSA playoffs over MACtion. Heck, I’ll take GHSA over Big Televen.

    • Nate Dawg

      I like where your heads at SouthGaDawg. Sign me up. I have no shame in admitting I would DVR the hell out of Modern Family to watch Wyoming and East Carolina thrown-down (!) on a Wednesday night.

  10. Cojones

    My God! We have yet to find a cure. Interventions just move this CFB habit to the local bar. It’s eating the brains of the last living men (and not just a few women) on earth.

    I need drugs……oh, forgot…….

  11. South FL Dawg

    Doesn’t the SEC have a kitty set aside to help schools defray the cost of unsold tickets? It’s really a shell game…..fan pays the school, which pays the bowl, which pays the conference, which pays the school. Then it stops :-)