As the SEC scrambles to figure out how much of a product it will be able to put on the field this year, and whether that product will include cross-conference games, something to keep in mind about those neutral site checks Sankey and Company would like to preserve: they’re going to shrink ($$).
That still doesn’t solve the financial riddle. Stokan said that if there are no fans in attendance then, “We can’t make the payout” to each school, because the revenue is derived from tickets and in-stadium sponsorships. (The TV revenue is tied to conference deals.)
Stokan said he and his staff have been modeling scenarios of 20, 30 or 50 percent capacity, and they would still have to negotiate with the schools on how many tickets they get, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium on costs, and with the schools on the payout, considering not only less attendance but the cost of added safety protocols. Stokan mentioned providing masks to fans as a possibility.
You have to wonder how far down the rabbit hole they’re willing to go.