McCann on Money and Bowl Season
Michael McCann of SI.com and the Sports Law Blog was interviewed by Marketplace regarding Louisiana Tech’s decision to decline an invitation to the Independence Bowl. Louisiana Tech preferred to hold out for a more lucrative bowl, but was ultimately left out. The situation reminds me of UConn’s appearances in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the PapaJohns.com Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, none of which were rainmakers for UConn. In fact, UConn lost $1,663,560 by playing in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma.
Exit Fees Not the Solution to Conference Realignment
Mit Winter has an excellent article on the Business of College Sports regarding the effectiveness of conference exit fees as a deterrent to schools conference jumping. Winter’s solution involves the grant of television broadcast rights.