Meet Paul Sergeant, CEO of Melbourne Stadiums Limited, who is part of a group proposing to host a bowl game at Etihad Stadium in Australia next season, featuring teams from the Pac-12 and Mountain West.
It’s a group with a unique sales pitch.
While the other bowls pay the participating school or conference between a few hundred thousand to several million dollars for their appearance, the Australia bowl would not pay the schools or conferences any money. However, it would cover all expenses instead. Sergeant also said his bowl would not require ticket commitments from each school.
“The key element is there’s no risk for the conference or the teams,” Sergeant said.
Throw in some ESPN bucks, and it’s probably a better deal for schools than some other bowl games.
Who knows? As a bonus, the coaches could spend a little time on the trip scouting for punters.