Conference Bowl Earnings Set Record

We’ve beaten the BCS into one of the most bloody corpses possible, but this news bares mentioning. The organization is reporting that the 11 FBS conferences earned about $170 Million from bowl games this past season. That includes $24.7 Million to the non-BCS members, up from $24 Million last year. The difference? This year only one non-BCS team made a BCS bowl compared to the two that graced the limelight last year.

So next time anyone asks any question or makes any statement like…

– Why isn’t there a playoff?
– Man, we have way too many bowl games, what gives?
– Dude, did you sneak a peak in the gym shower? That’s more fucked up than the BCS.
– The BCS fails to do what it’s supposed to do.
– I’m a mouthbreater, live in my mom’s basement and hate the BCS.
– Division I-AA football has it right, look at them, they’re all so happy! High five TV.
– College athletics take away from the educational cores they were created for.
– I don’t understand why they’re showing a Bowling Green and Ohio game on a Tuesday night.
– I’ve got this bump on my tongue and everytime I close my mouth, I feel it. Oh and I hate the idea of the BCS.
– I wish college football would go back to the old system. That seemed so much better.
– Hun, I’ve been pissing razors for a week. Get tested now. Oh, and all hail a playoff, amiright?
– (sips a peach schnapps on the rocks) Why do I have to be a Buckeye fan?!?!?
– It’s all about money to these guys.
– It’s easy you take the best 8 teams and put them in the bowl games…
– They should really invest in women’s lacrosse, so much money goes into football.
– TCU didn’t get a shot.

The answer to all of these is $170 Million. Thankyouverymuch.

  • golfercraig

    I was told that the players and schools hate the exhibition games by college football’s Sarah Palin. He’ll tell you why right after he finally catches McNair’s murderer.

  • http://thevictoryformation.com patphish

    - The BCS fails to do what it’s supposed to do.

    What is it supposed to do? Make money or crown a champ?

    /honest question
    //curious what you think

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jpmanahan

    Money… Money… Money… In a rich man’s world…

  • arkbadger

    He’ll tell you why right after he finally catches McNair’s murderer.

    and kills off all those klansmen.

  • Watsonian

    So, would an eight-team playoff, plus 25-30 other bowl games make more or less money?

    Serious question.

  • Trey

    Pat, come on, it’s about the money…

  • Trey

    wat-

    Good question. I dunno.

  • golfercraig

    and kills off all those klansmen.

    Hey Ark, remember me telling you how great BJ Young was, and how he’d be the best BBall player at Ark since Moncrief? He punched another kid during a game last week (that’s 2 this year), and may not even play on ESPN when they play Brad Beal’s team. And he probably won’t be academically eligible. But other than that, he’s still really good.

  • Trey

    Brad Beal’s team

    He’s a Gator

  • http://thevictoryformation.com patphish

    Pat, come on, it’s about the money…
    .

    But they tell us its about crowning a champ! Are they lying? Would they do that? I’m horrified!

  • Trey

    It’s possible to accomplish two things at once…but if it didn’t make the money it was, they could give a fuck about the championship.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    What is it supposed to do? Make money or crown a champ?

    /honest question
    //curious what you think

    it’s supposed to do both. why does it have to be one or the other? The BCS guarantees #1 vs. #2 in the final game of the year for the winner to be crowned BCS Champ, and, at the same time, it pays out huge sums of money to conferences and schools.

    lo and behold, it makes money AND crowns a champ.

  • arkbadger

    Hey Ark, remember me telling you how great BJ Young was, and how he’d be the best BBall player at Ark since Moncrief? He punched another kid during a game last week (that’s 2 this year), and may not even play on ESPN when they play Brad Beal’s team. And he probably won’t be academically eligible. But other than that, he’s still really good.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you what happened. I heard on the radio they said that he was in the news in the STL area but I didn’t hear what for. there was also rumor around here that he had made a 22 on his ACT, is his GPA also in question? Arkansas basketball is pretty much dead to me anyways, but I try to keep up hope for the “next year”.

  • HawkEye

    it’s supposed to do both. why does it have to be one or the other? The BCS guarantees #1 vs. #2 in the final game of the year for the winner to be crowned BCS Champ, and, at the same time, it pays out huge sums of money to conferences and schools.
    lo and behold, it makes money AND crowns a champ.

    But it’s not FAIR!!!!! The people demand a FAIR way deciding who the National Champion. The winner of the Sun Belt DESERVES a chance.

    sorry….channeled Wetzel there for a minute

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    lo and behold, it makes money AND crowns a champ.

    This guy gets it.

  • Watsonian

    it’s supposed to do both. why does it have to be one or the other? The BCS guarantees #1 vs. #2 in the final game of the year for the winner to be crowned BCS Champ, and, at the same time, it pays out huge sums of money to conferences and schools.

    Does it “guarantee” it? TCU would disagree. Most years, this is pretty debatable. My honest opinion is that a plus one solves a lot of issues. Keep all the current bowls, add the Cotton Bowl to the BCS (keeping 5 bcs bowls), then play the BCS championship a week later. That would make even more money for those schools, and playoff truthers would calm down for a few years.

  • cabbage

    and kills off all those klansmen.

    +1,000

  • Trey

    I don’t mind the plus one model, nor am I against a playoff if done right. The Plus one would depend on how the other games are played though.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Does it “guarantee” it? TCU would disagree.

    look at the final rankings after the conference championship games. now, look at TCU’s ranking. was TCU #3? were Auburn and Oregon #1 and #2 respectively? yes, the BCS guarantees #1 vs. #2. show me when in the BCS history #1 has not played #2 for the BCS National Championship. (hint: it hasn’t happened)

    Most years, this is pretty debatable.

    actually, it’s not. most years it’s pretty obvious.

    My honest opinion is that a plus one solves a lot of issues.

    it doesn’t solve all the issues becuase then #5 starts bitching, but a plus-1 would definitely help.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    The people demand a FAIR way deciding who the National Champion.

    +1 Hawkeye. For years and years the bowl system existed and no one really cared about the MNC. Then suddenly for whatever reason, this MNC obsession began.

  • cabbage

    Croatia rolled over Poland tonight at the World Handball tourney. The bar was rockin.

  • HawkEye

    Using a +1 as a base, would it be possible to play two BCS games on NYE and two on NYD?

  • cbh49er

    This guy gets it.

    Is this the new “This”?

  • Trey

    +1 Hawkeye. For years and years the bowl system existed and no one really cared about the MNC. Then suddenly for whatever reason, this MNC obsession began.

    Agreed. For decades few schools really had their eye on the MNC outside of the powers. It started to become trendy in the late 60s, progressed.

  • Trey

    Croatia rolled over Poland tonight at the World Handball tourney. The bar was rockin

    Still have never seen this sport.

  • Watsonian

    it doesn’t solve all the issues becuase then #5 starts bitching, but a plus-1 would definitely help.

    But isn’t getting the 4th team in incorrect a less egregious error than getting the 2nd team in wrong? I’d say yes.

    actually, it’s not. most years it’s pretty obvious.

    I disagree with this. Look back over the last ten years. There have been lots of debates whether or not the second team in the championship game was the right choice.

  • cbh49er

    I disagree with this. Look back over the last ten years. There have been lots of debates whether or not the second team in the championship game was the right choice.

    Miz, please make a chart.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    But isn’t getting the 4th team in incorrect a less egregious error than getting the 2nd team in wrong? I’d say yes.

    not if your argument is that the system is supposed to be equally fair for everyone.

    here’s a link to every BCS Champ game matchup:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BCS_National_Championship_Game. I don’t see legitimate debates with the teams involved for “most years.”

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06
  • HawkEye

    actually, it’s not. most years it’s pretty obvious.

    One can point to this year and to 2004 where there is alot of debate (most of it fair) on who the correct choice for #1 & #2 is

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Miz, please make a chart.

    you have no idea how much I’d like to.

  • Watsonian

    not if your argument is that the system is supposed to be equally fair for everyone.

    So should there be a 64 team playoff?

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    One can point to this year and to 2004 where there is alot of debate (most of it fair) on who the correct choice for #1 & #2 is

    2 out of 13 years does not make “most years”

  • Husker Dawg

    In the current system the Presidents have the power and the money. They may make more money via a playoff, but they’ll lose power, and they’re not willing to do that.

  • golfercraig

    He’s a Gator

    He’s also the reason Austin Rivers decommitted. Seriously, a MUCH better player than Rivers, Rivers wouldn’t stand for being the 2nd best freshman guard on HIS OWN TEAM. If the last names were reversed, you certainly wouldn’t have anyone saying Rivers was the best guard in the class. He is probably the 4th or 5th best guard in the class. Still good, but not at Beal’s level.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    So should there be a 64 team playoff?

    most definitely not. but that fairness argument is used by the pro-playoff peeps. yet, they can’t justify a cutoff. it’s better for #5 to be left out than #3? what if #5 is undefeated too but started the season lower in the rankings than the other teams above them!?!?!? UNFAIR! PAY THE PLAYOFFS!!

  • Watsonian

    Your link for the BCS games probably should be a link to the final poll before the bowls. It would make my argument easier. But I here I go from memory.

    2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 all had legitimate debates. Then there are people that would say TCU deserved a shot this year (I’m not one of them), or Boise a few years ago or whatever. The point being that a plus one would be better for everyone.

  • HawkEye

    2 out of 13 years does not make “most years”

    No, but they are the most egregious that I can think of off the top of my head.

  • Watsonian

    most definitely not. but that fairness argument is used by the pro-playoff peeps. yet, they can’t justify a cutoff. it’s better for #5 to be left out than #3? what if #5 is undefeated too but started the season lower in the rankings than the other teams above them!?!?!? UNFAIR! PAY THE PLAYOFFS!!

    Wiffing on the 4th best team is better than wiffing on the 2nd best. That’s my opinion. A plus one is enough. It would shut up the damn playoff people too. Wetzel can eat a dick.

  • HawkEye

    Wetzel can eat a dick.

    So say us all

  • clayton

    my dad just emailed me his copy of the bleacher report dot com nfl newsletter.
    I really don’t know how to respond to that.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    DAMMIT! I just typed out a long comment and the got a server error. fuck bluehost.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    burn it with fire, Clay.

  • clayton

    The point being that a plus one would be better for everyone.

    everybody is for a Plus 1 game. There’s probably not a single person here who isn’t.
    I can’t imagine anybody thinking that a 4 team playoff is worse than a 2 team playoff.
    But (and this is a big but) if I was the SEC, and there was a 4 team playoff, I assure you my conference wouldn’t play a championship game anymore and hang an extra loss on the second best team.

  • Watsonian

    DAMMIT! I just typed out a long comment and the got a server error. fuck bluehost.

    This has happened to me twice today.

  • clayton

    burn it with fire, Clay.

    do I respond that between that and all the sports radio, he’s no longer my dad? That I’ll go it dad-less from here?
    Because it’s gross.

  • Watsonian

    But (and this is a big but) if I was the SEC, and there was a 4 team playoff, I assure you my conference wouldn’t play a championship game anymore and hang an extra loss on the second best team.

    This is a good point. But the 2nd best team is not always in the championship game. Look at this year as an example. Oh, and don’t forget about ALL THAT MONEY from the conference championship game.

  • clayton

    Oh, and don’t forget about ALL THAT MONEY from the conference championship game.

    the new SEC championship game would be the NC game.

  • Watsonian

    do I respond that between that and all the sports radio, he’s no longer my dad? That I’ll go it dad-less from here?
    Because it’s gross

    Take him under your wing and teach him the right ways to be a sports fan. I find myself doing this every time I talk to my dad. Last night he actually said the lions should just get rid of Stafford.

  • HawkEye

    Oh, and don’t forget about ALL THAT MONEY from the conference championship game.

    Only reason there is now a Big 11+1 and PAC 12

  • Trey

    my dad just emailed me his copy of the bleacher report dot com nfl newsletter.
    I really don’t know how to respond to that.

    Respond with a 50 frame slideshow.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Clay – nah, it’s your pops. you’ve probably been putting up with your parents embarrassing you all you life so far, why stop gritting your teeth now? just reply back and say “thanks, Dad.”

    then burn it with fire. use rubber gloves or some tweezers to handle it though.

  • Watsonian

    the new SEC championship game would be the NC game.

    A lot of people might think that. *But it wouldn’t be fair.*

    It doesn’t matter. My team will probably never make a bcs bowl game.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Respond with a 50 frame slideshow.

    scrap what I said. do this.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    It doesn’t matter. My team will probably never make a bcs bowl game.

    Watsonian – you’re a Georgia fan?

  • Trey

    Believe it! 50 Reasons why the Packers Are Fun to Watch.

  • Trey

    Oh here is a good one! 50 Slides and all!

    2011 NFL Trade Rumors: 50 Players Whose Time Has Run Out With Current Teams

    And another This is ACTUALLY a slideshow:
    Caleb Hanie is more viable than Tim Tebow

  • Watsonian

    Watsonian – you’re a Georgia fan?

    Hahaha. That’s good. But Georgia has a better shot than MSU ever will.

  • clayton

    the newsletter was literally a collection of all their current slideshows. I have to wait until they get new ones. I just deleted it.

    About two weeks after my birthday, I can always expect an Ecard from my dad.

  • Husker Dawg

    Watsonian – you’re a Georgia fan?

    I hate you.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    Watsonian – you’re a Georgia fan?

    Off the top of my head, Georgia has made 3 BCS bowls and won two of them.

  • Husker Dawg

    Off the top of my head, Georgia has made 3 BCS bowls and won two of them.

    And the worst UGA team in forever beat the shit out of Tennessee.

    /it’s all I’ve got

  • ThatsSoTaguchi

    They could make more money with a playoff. I read it in a book.

    NFL losing ground to baseball. Be still my heart.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    I hate you.

    haha. just poking you in the ribs, man. seriously though, Coach Double-D is gonna drop a decade long bomb on you guys.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    And the worst UGA team in forever beat the shit out of Tennessee.

    /it’s all I’ve got

    I saw it live.

    /sadface

  • Husker Dawg

    haha. just poking you in the ribs, man. seriously though, Coach Double-D is gonna drop a decade long bomb on you guys.

    I don’t think you believe this to be true.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    I don’t think you believe this to be true.

    I always believe we’re beating Jaw’juh. and Sakerlina too.

    I thought you knew me. *sigh*

  • Husker Dawg

    If recent history holds, you guys will work Georgia over next year in Knoxville. This series has become ass beatings by the home team as of late.

  • clayton

    NFL losing ground to baseball. Be still my heart.

    that poll is strange. Some of those responders have to be making up an answer on the spot.

    What’s your favorite sport.
    “Soccer”
    OK.
    “no, wait….girl soccer.”
    OK
    “no wait….track and field.”

    Survey killers, those.

  • younglefty

    Those of you that live in the broadcast range of CSS (Comcast SportsSouth), they have this chick on their SportsNight show that talks the business of sports and whatnot. She pretty much exposed all of Wetzel and Co.’s half truths and outright lies they had in their book. Pretty interesting stuff. And she has a segment tonight about some of the top earning athletic departments in the country.

  • Trey

    No I do. I figure when UGA fires Richt next year they’ll hire Venables and probably follow that up with Ray Goff Jr.

  • Trey

    Yeah, I don’t buy that survey one bit.

    Like the 8% fans leave the venue drunk…It’s definitely more like 15

  • ThatsSoTaguchi

    NFL losing ground to baseball. Be still my heart.

    that poll is strange. Some of those responders have to be making up an answer on the spot.

    I don”t think its real, or even conceivable. I’m just happy baseball is financially healthy and has a fanbase. Unlike hockey.

  • Knightro

    And the worst UGA team in forever beat the shit out of Tennessee.

    UCF > Jawja >>>>>>> UTee(hee)

  • Husker Dawg

    No I do. I figure when UGA fires Richt next year they’ll hire Venables and probably follow that up with Ray Goff Jr.

    Don’t lie. Charlie Strong at UGA would scare the shit out of you. A black coach at UGA who knew what he was doing would lock that state down.

    /truth’d

  • Knightro

    Charlie Strong at UGA would scare the shit out of you. A black coach at UGA who knew what he was doing would lock that state down.

    I believe this to be fact.

  • clayton

    taguchi, did you happen to catch An Idiot Abroad on Discovery Science on Saturday night?

  • ThatsSoTaguchi

    taguchi, did you happen to catch An Idiot Abroad on Discovery Science on Saturday night?

    no, pissed, didn’t realize it started already. Any good?
    .

  • Watsonian

    I just want to say I like that the comment box says “Welcome back” above it.

  • clayton

    no, pissed, didn’t realize it started already. Any good?

    really, really funny. Really, really mean spirited. But it might make you like Karl Pilkington a little less, even though he is literally being tortured by the two guys. He never knows what’s coming tomorrow.

    They’ll rerun it this saturday, but look also for the 30 minute preview show. Very good.
    .

  • clayton

    I just want to say I like that the comment box says “Welcome back” above it.

    your dreams were your ticket out.

  • Watsonian

    your dreams were your ticket out.

    ?

  • clayton

    welcome back kotter theme song’s lyrics. Never mind. That show is nearly 40 years old.

  • Johnny

    Do we have a net amount taking into account schools like UCONN who could not sell their allotment?

  • Watsonian

    welcome back kotter theme song’s lyrics. Never mind. That show is nearly 40 years old.

    Yeah, that’s before my time. I know your gravatar is of an old man (can’t remember the character’s name), but I figured you were younger.

  • ButtersBC

    really, really funny. Really, really mean spirited. But it might make you like Karl Pilkington a little less, even though he is literally being tortured by the two guys. He never knows what’s coming tomorrow.

    You watch the Ricky Gervais Show on HBO? Them just piling on Karl is never not funny…they say he’s not playing a role since as Gervais said, if he could invent a character like Karl it wouldn’t be wasted on a podcast

  • Watsonian

    You watch the Ricky Gervais Show on HBO? Them just piling on Karl is never not funny…they say he’s not playing a role since as Gervais said, if he could invent a character like Karl it wouldn’t be wasted on a podcast

    That show is fucking awesome.

  • younglefty

    Do we have a net amount taking into account schools like UCONN who could not sell their allotment?

    Trey, correct me if I’m wrong here, but don’t they spread that loss out over the conference? Technically, the Big East is on the hook for that allotment, and the pool of money that’s split among all the teams in the conference is decreased by whatever amount they have to eat on unfulfilled allotments.

  • cabbage

    welcome back kotter theme song’s lyrics. Never mind. That show is nearly 40 years old.
    Yeah, that’s before my time. I know your gravatar is of an old man (can’t remember the character’s name), but I figured you were younger.

    The only logical response to this is, “up your nose with a rubber hose”.

    /where have all the great comedic writers gone?

  • Trey

    Trey, correct me if I’m wrong here, but don’t they spread that loss out over the conference? Technically, the Big East is on the hook for that allotment, and the pool of money that’s split among all the teams in the conference is decreased by whatever amount they have to eat on unfulfilled allotments.

    That’s the idea. However, I believe an agreement with the Big East and UConn made them responsible for a good chunk

  • clayton

    You watch the Ricky Gervais Show on HBO? Them just piling on Karl is never not funny…they say he’s not playing a role since as Gervais said, if he could invent a character like Karl it wouldn’t be wasted on a podcast

    love the HBO show, but I never did the podcast itself. I am godawful at podcasts or radio shows. I quit listening and dont’ realize it, then I do, and figure I should go back, and then I quit listening again.

    The only logical response to this is, “up your nose with a rubber hose”.

    In your ear with a can of beer. That show really wasn’t good. I remember watching it, but I guess maybe it was reruns, because it’s old. I especially remember Beau DeLaBarr, who was the replacement in the last season for Vinny Barbarino, who was off blowing up.

  • TheTicketMaster

    I’m late to the party here, but wouldn’t all of this be solved by a Playoff?

  • TheTicketMaster

    Them just piling on Karl is never not funny

    If you read some of the in depth articles Ricky has nothing but love for Karl. They aren’t piling on as much as they are sharing with the world his unique (and yes, sometimes, obtuse) view of the world. There are times when Karl says amazingly insightful things and they give him credit.

    I love it.

  • clayton

    If you read some of the in depth articles Ricky has nothing but love for Karl.

    Ricky Gervais is mean spirited and teases that guy mean spiritedly. He says in the preview show that he can’t think of anything funnier in the world than Karl Pilkington being pushed well out of his comfort zone, backed into a corner and poked with a stick, and in this “exercise” he’s the stick.

    Not that I don’t love it, because I love it.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    I’m late to the party here, but wouldn’t all of this be solved by a Playoff?

    I’m not sure what “all of this” is referring to, but generally, a playoff does solve all problems, so, either way, the answer is probably yes.

  • cabbage

    But if we solved the problem what would we have to bitch about?

  • TheTicketMaster

    @Miz – my facetiousness clearly did not translate

    @Clayton – i hear you. I have read differently but don’t have time to dig up.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    I’m late to the party here, but wouldn’t all of this be solved by a Playoff?

    Yes, if the players are paid. I’ve recently seen a rational playoff proposal and a rational pay the players proposal.

  • http://twitter.com/cursedcleveland Cursedcleveland.com

    You really get this many commenters? What’s going on here?

  • http://spartyandfriends.com Dave K

    just read the tag line, cursed.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    @Miz – my facetiousness clearly did not translate

    your facetiousness that did not translate was countered by my facetiousness that did not translate.