One thing that’s going to be interesting to watch over the summer is how 2020 regular season scheduling takes shape. Certainly, there are issues such as player preparation and, on a more basic level, when schools themselves will be opened, but, college athletics being what they are, there’s another fundamental issue in play ($$).
“It’s a whole new ballgame if we find ourselves not playing football, because it affects everything we do,” Bowlsby said. “It affects the largest portion of our TV contract. It affects the largest source of campus revenue, which is live gate. Anything that I say regarding finances, we have to make the assumption that we’re going to be back to playing football in the fall. And if that doesn’t happen, then the underpinning of what we’ve known as normal goes away and we’ll have major changes to make.”
If he sounds concerned, it’s only because he is. And before you think they can always try to salvage a shortened season by reducing it to conference play, consider another key data point.
That ain’t chump change, especially in a year when revenues are already being choked back.