Gosh darn it, this is so cute. Greg McGarity thinks he needs to explain to us why he’s keeping the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville.
“We’ve got to do a better job of explaining the finances of that whole deal,” McGarity said. “Right now, there’s a segment of our fan base that wants to go home-and-home. There’s a segment that may want to go to Atlanta, but I go to Atlanta there’s 72,000 seats. We have 84,000 in Jacksonville.”
Georgia nets about $2.4 million a year playing Florida in Jacksonville, McGarity said, which means nearly $5 million every two years. If Georgia-Florida was home-and-home that would mean $3 million every two years because that is about what Georgia nets for home SEC games. It could also cost about $250,000 in expenses for chartered flights and hotel to play a game in Gainesville while expenses in Jacksonville are defrayed as part of the arrangement…
“From a financial standpoint, it’s a huge deal for us. A $2 million swing over a two-year period is hard to make up in other areas.”
It’s about the money? Gee, Greg, I think we already knew that.