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Worth their while

Why the Kickoff Classic in Atlanta instead of another home game in 2016?

Do you really have to ask?

Georgia will get a $4 million guarantee for playing North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2016 as well as complimentary hotel accommodations and $50,000 in a scholarship donation back to the university, according to a term sheet for the game obtained from UGA in an open records request.

And most of us will have the privilege of paying more for tickets.  A lot more.

The school will get 42,921 tickets for the game from Peach Bowl, Inc., ranging in price from $50 for student seats to $205 for a “super suite” ticket. More than 23,000 tickets are priced at $85 on the upper level.

Kinda feels traditional, doesn’t it?


UPDATE:  Ticket price breakdown.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Friday morning buffet

Cold day, warm buffet.

  • Here’s a look at what Trent Thompson might bring to the table.  (By the way, can we stop with the “Ray Drew was a bust” crap?)
  • Bill Connelly drops his big ass spread sheet of 2014 receiving stats on us.  And, no, you won’t find any of Georgia’s guys lurking near the top of the list.
  • Regardless of where you think the truth may lie between Jameis Winston and the woman who claims he raped her, the idea of students gathering on FSU’s campus to celebrate Winston by calling her names ought to be a head shaker.
  • The Big Ten supports an early signing period, but with a caveat from a number of its head coaches that it should be accompanied by the implementation of early official visits.
  • Another tax front to open with collegiate athletic departments? (h/t Hogbody)
  • Turnover at South Carolina “… at least 36 percent of the Gamecocks scholarship roster will be first-year players. Including players who redshirted last season, 39 of the 85 players on the team will have never played a snap for South Carolina.”
  • The spread spreads – from high school.
  • “It’s a big deal to be the first to offer.”


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Big Ten Football, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

I got your donor support right here.

Call it a tale of two priorities.

Let no one accuse Butts-Mehre of not knowing where its bread is buttered.


UPDATE:  That reserve fund will need a lot of support, too.


UPDATE #2:  If you’re looking for an explanation for the IPF price tag, Seth Emerson can shed some light for you.

As for the location, the focus now is on the area just beyond the football team’s current outdoor practice fields, off of Lumpkin Street, and leading up to Stegeman Coliseum. It would likely force the removal of the Hoke Smith annex and its parking lot, among other things.

That area is owned by UGA and not the UGA athletics association, which are two separate entities financially.

“It’s not within our fence line,” McGarity said of the proposed site. “It complicates things.”

Dang.  They might need two donations.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Stability pays.

You may have heard that in the most recent (2013-4) financial report filed with the NCAA, Alabama claimed a $33 million surplus in its athletics operations while Auburn posted a deficit of $13.7 million for the same.

Setting aside the usual black magic, book-cooking disclaimer for any numbers a school generates about its athletics department, if you take it for granted that Alabama had a better financial go of it than did its neighbor on the Plains, there are some interesting takeaways from the linked article.

Start with this:

Both schools have won a football national championship in the last five years, but Auburn has gone through a coaching change and Alabama hasn’t. Same thing goes for basketball where Auburn made a change last year, while Anthony Grant has been in Tuscaloosa since 2009.

Auburn is on the hook for buyouts for former football coach Gene Chizik and basketball coach Tony Barbee, among others — adding an additional $4,846,662 in severance payments. Alabama, meanwhile, only paid $272,140 in severance payments in 2013-14.

The stability of Alabama’s two revenue sports has helped it avoid costly buyouts and build up its financial coffers.

Because Alabama hasn’t been on the roller coaster ride that Auburn football has enjoyed over the past five seasons, it hasn’t taken the hit financially.  And that just doesn’t extend to head coaches, either, when you consider what Auburn is on the hook for replacing defensive staff this offseason.  Assistants leave Alabama, but they do so of their own volition, which is a no-cost situation for the school.

The point is that while there is more than one way to skin the cat when it comes to chasing excellence, as a general rule, this suggests over the long haul that landing on the right guy and sticking with him through changing market conditions (i.e., paying your head coach $7 million/year) is going to be better for the bottom line than going the flavor of the month route.  And for those who suggest otherwise, it’s worth pointing out one last note.

Auburn collected $4.384 million in student fees, while Alabama collected nothing. Essentially, Auburn students are directly subsidizing the athletic department.

Of course, those students go to Auburn, so maybe they don’t care, but all other things being equal, I bet they’d prefer not to stroke the check if they don’t have to.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, It's Just Bidness, Whoa, oh, Alabama

You gotta spend money to make money.

Maybe this will make the folks at Butts-Mehre a little calmer about dishing out the money lately:

For Alabama’s athletics department, both expenses and revenues continue to grow. As a result, the school again finished with a surplus in the 2013-14 financial report submitted to the NCAA in January.

According to the documents obtained by, Alabama’s athletics department made 33,050,145 more than it spent in 2013-13. That’s an increase from the $27.2 it made in 2012-13 and continues the trend of surpluses in recent years. It hasn’t operated at a loss in the last 10 years, according to documents obtained through the public records requests.

And don’t think this tidbit won’t catch a few eyes.

The athletics department transferred $9.1 million back to the university last year after contributing $5.9 million a year earlier.

Yada, yada, yada, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

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Filed under It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules

Looks like that assistant coaches’ salary pool is about to get a stress test.

“If the Tigers extend a reasonable offer to Ball it’s believed that he would strongly consider accepting the position as the next wide receivers coach at LSU.”

Reasonable being in the eye of the beholder, of course.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Bert makes bank.

In the SEC, $4 million a year is the new black.

Reaching that milestone after a 7-6 season, you wonder how long it’ll take before we’re saying that about $5 million a year.

Pretty soon, Nick Saban’s gonna look underpaid.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, SEC Football