No justice, no peace

No fans, no game.

There is no room for negotiation on one key point as Atlanta organizers consider multiple contingency plans for three season-opening games during the coronavirus pandemic: Without fans, the games can’t be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan, whose organization is making plans for the Florida State-West Virginia, Georgia-Virginia and North Carolina-Auburn kickoff games, says fans must be allowed for the games to be played at the neutral site.

“If there are no fans allowed in the stadium, then we can’t do these games primarily because we only exist in our budget on ticket revenue and sponsor revenues,” Stokan told The Associated Press on Thursday. “All the TV monies are negotiated in a conference package. That money all goes to the conference.”

Sounds like you’ve got a challenge, Greg.


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8 responses to “No justice, no peace

  1. The kickoff games are toast unless Mickey finds a way to soften the financial blow to the Peach Bowl. There’s a reason the GHSA has moved the state championship games to Turner Field/Georgia State Stadium (frankly, I would rather see them back on campus rather than there). It’s way too expensive to hold games there. If conducting the games will be a money loser (and the city gets none of the tourism benefit of fans’ presence), then there’s no reason to put them on.

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    • “It’s way too expensive to hold games there.”

      I meant MBS of course.


    • Silver Creek Dawg

      I like the idea of GSU Stadium or Mark Richt Field or Sanford hosting the GHSA finals. It’s a damn sight better to me than winning a coin toss and getting to host the final(or conversely, losing it and having to play a true road game).


      • The Atlanta schools get a de facto home field advantage with the arrangement as it is now. Back in the day when there was a South Georgia champion and a North Georgia champion, the host alternated. There was no coin flip. Even now, they flip once to determine if the upper or lower side of the bracket hosts when the two teams are seeded equally.

        The only reason they have kept the games in Atlanta now is for the money GPTV pays the GHSA to broadcast the games.

        Sitting outside in the December cold for 8 or 9 hours instead of inside MBS/Dome has changed it not for the better.


  2. Bright Idea

    Lots of reasons not to go to downtown ATL right now so Stokan is in a tight spot no matter what.


  3. junkyardawg41

    Great article and thanks for the posting it. It is really fascinating and in my mind pulls the curtain back on the business model. It helps explain the releasing of talent from the network 2 years? ago. Early ESPN and specifically Sports Center brought us highlight of content not available anywhere else. Now, the platform is more about delivering content than delivering updates, highlights, etc. You don’t need high priced talent delivering the product (outside of marquee match ups during the year). It is very fascinating to see what becomes of Disney in the next couple of quarters (media plus parks).


  4. W Cobb Dawg

    If a scaled down political convention in Jax ain’t gonna happen, you can bet your last buck that tens-of-thousands of fans attending games at the benz ain’t gonna happen.


  5. 69Dawg

    Simple really, let UGA-UVA ADs flip a coin and the winner gets a Home game. No fans, no problems. The Mouse has to pay the conferences and the fans just watch the studio game.