OK....why is BC playing USC at Alumni Stadium? Why did they play tOSU and Michigan and Texas at Alumni Stadium? I fully understand how much revenue is generated at Michigan. Revenue generated for Michigan football in 2009 I beleive was $63M....just football. Football operations cost them $24M. The football profit at Michigan was ~$40M. I fully understand that. I also see the difference between a MAC team and a BCS level team. You missed my ealrier point in that they will be in the BE by 2016. The MAC is a landing pad while they ramp up the program. According to the press reports, they will be in the MAC full time in 2012. By the time my "dream" becomes reality it will be 2016 (only 5 years from now). About 7 years ago UCF was in the MAC. They were a low end D1 program, used it as a launching pad and got into C-USA. Once they got to C-USA they built an on campous stadium and played Texas at home on campus in Orlando, about 5 years from the time they started to really ramp up the program.
And the fact that they are going to have 2 games at Gillette as home games...no 2020 is way too far out. IF, and I say If, they put the $$$$ committment into this, they will be in the BE as its 11th or 12th team. They will play all home conference games in Amherst (as I think you will see the BE either play an 8 or 9 game schedule at that point) and they WILL play 2 games in Foxboro, against BC every other year, perhaps one of the service academies and a yup Way Back, big name BCS school...starting in about 2017 or so. In the meantime, they will play 3-4 MAC games in Amaherst and maybe one game in Foxboro for the firswt couple of years. But this will ramp up fast if they have the financial commitment and get a coach who wants to win.......hmmmm, Mark Whipple is available!
As others have said above, of course these things can happen if the money is there, but there is simply no way the money is going to be there for UMass. "IF, and I say If, they put the $$$$ committment into this..." Where do you think the money is coming from? You make these vague pronouncements about "privatization" of the program, but what do you mean by that? And not to mention that whether these games that will be held at Gillette are under a sweetheart deal or not, they are still going to be subject to some kind of deal that requires some part of the gate to go elsewhere, that is, to Mr. Kraft.
Why did Michigan play BC 15 or 20 years ago? I don't know what the terms of the deal were, but I do know that those series with BC and Colorado were the end of Michigan playing regular road NC games against anyone other than Notre Dame. It simply doesn't make financial sense, and it make even less sense for the foreseeable future, having just spent a truckload of money renovating the stadium. Michigan agreed to play Alabama for a couple of reasons. First, the split of the money from Texas Stadium was going to be near the amount it would get from a home game at the Big House; second, the exposure to Texas, Alabama, and the SEC is valuable for recruiting; and finally the national exposure of this game against a national power is big for the program in a variety of nonmonetary reasons. None of those motivations will be present when UMass asks people to come to Foxboro or Amherst to play a MAC or even a newbie Big East team.
UCF got Texas to come much the same way as Bama got Michigan. From what I understand, UT got more than half of the proceeds from the first game at the new stadium, and then got 2 home games against UCF (an FBS opponent) in which it didn't have to give up any appearance fee. Additionally, it helps its recruiting presence in FLORIDA. There is no recruiting draw in Massachusetts. So if UMass wants play Michigan at Gillette, it would probably have to guarantee about $4 or $5 million, and agree to play 2 or 3 games in Michigan for no fee. Otherwise, the money doesn't work out for Michigan, which makes at least $6 million a game at home, and would rather just pay somebody the $1 million to show up. Needless to say, this deal would be a big financial loser for UMass, and I simply question whether hemorrhaging money is the way they plan on growing the program with the state of the economy being what it is.
Edited by WayBackVazquez, 20 April 2011 - 09:09 AM.