“I always tell people there are no rules in the scheduling business.”

As you prepare to watch Georgia’s titanic opening struggle with Austin Peay, keep this pearl of wisdom in mind.

But while fans clamor for more matchups between top teams, much of what goes into scheduling is only tangentially related to the potential quality of the game.

No shit, Sherlock.

Many of the top revenue-generating schools, including most SEC schools, are buying at least one FBS and one FCS game per season. That is generally going to run around $2 million, but for programs that routinely fill 80,000-plus seats — as Florida does — a home game can generate upward of $4 million just in ticket sales.

“Some of the costs of these guarantee games are shooting up so much that’s why these neutral site games have become so popular with these nice pay days,” Stricklin said.

Nice for him.

Boy, I’m glad AP didn’t interview Greg McGarity for that article.  I don’t think I could have taken it.

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5 responses to ““I always tell people there are no rules in the scheduling business.”

  1. Cousin Eddie

    They did interview McG and will get his response in 90 days and it reads, “I am no longer allowed to schedule anymore because payment in condoms is apparently not a good idea.”

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  2. stoopnagle

    So the costs of cupcakes requires the scheduling of off-campus games?

    My head hurts.

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  3. Chopdawg

    “…much of what goes into scheduling is only tangentially related to the potential quality of the game.”

    And we worry about an 8-team playoff devaluing the regular season.

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  4. mdcgtp

    If neutral site games is the solution to the problem of ending cupcake games, I am all for them. Yes, the games are a break with tradition, but it’s not a break that fundamentally alters the overall and experience of college football. We (and a few other programs) already play one neutral site game per year, which i thin has added to the richness of the UGA football season from a fan perspective over the fullness of time.

    There is no way around the fact that dropping a home date lowers ticket sales, and thus, the difference can either be filled by going to TV rights holders and demanding more money for scheduling better games or playing games in a location that fills the void.

    The SEC and Big 10 should announce a challenge weekend over 2-3 weekends in September. 14 games in cities across the South and Midwest. Come up with an unbiased formula to determine the matchups after the prior regular season and play it over a 3-4 period. Have a consortium of cities and stadiums bid on the rights and perhaps a few extra sponsors that don’t conflict or dilute the existing key partners (perhaps categories that don’t currently sponsor heavily – hotels, airlines)

    Playing cupcakes doesn’t help anyone or anything but the budget. Our players don’t get better playing Austin Peay. We don’t learn much about our team because Austin Peay is nothing like any other team on our schedule.

    Ultimately, if the playoff field is going to expand, more information is better. What if UGA and Bama had both beaten OSU and Wisconsin instead of FSU and ND last season? Think how much more powerful having 14 data points is.

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  5. Cupcakes arise and take your money. Also, give absolutely no threat to the paying team.

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