Friday, September 2, 2011

Michigan Football Scheduling

The athletics director at the University of Michigan is unwilling to have the football team play non-conference away games, except for Notre Dame. Why? Revenue. Michigan has the largest NCAA football stadium and generates much more revenue at home than away.

In fact, the Big 10 (with 12 schools) has discussed increasing the number of conference games, in part for this exact same reason. Teams would not have to pay "guarantees" to non-conference opponents playing at one of the Big 10 schools venues, and since the guarantee prices have been rising, it is more profitable to play more games against Big 10 opponents than non-conference opponents.

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