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Irish will reportedly get less from Orange Bowl than others (and that’s okay)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish's coach Brian Kelly stands on the sideline during their win over USC Trojans during their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles AP

The financial details of college football’s new postseason are still being sorted out. Some of them are already known. For example, the Rose Bowl (Big Ten/Pac-12) and Sugar Bowl (Big 12/SEC) will reportedly be worth $80 million annually in payout, while the Orange Bowl (ACC/Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame) will reportedly be worth $55 million.

However, Notre Dame’s payout for Orange Bowl appearances wasn’t known, although it was expected to be different from the $27.5 million the ACC/Big Ten/SEC would bring home for participating in the game.

Until now, that is. Reportedly (again).

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that the Irish will only receive half of what the three participating conferences will get in payout, meaning that when Notre Dame plays in the Orange Bowl, it’ll actually receive one-third the payout that the ACC gets.

To put it more simply:

ESPN will pay an average of $55 million annually for the bowl, sources said. If the ACC plays an SEC or Big Ten opponent, both conferences would each receive $27.5 million.

However, if Notre Dame is the ACC’s Orange Bowl opponent, the Irish only receives $13.75 million and the ACC $41.25 million.

Money has never been an issue for Notre Dame, so this isn’t a slight to the Irish. In fact, it’s a rather sweet deal for Notre Dame considering the agreement. The Irish will be making $6.2 million for its BCS championship appearance against Alabama next week, so it’s already a step up in payout. Notre Dame’s Orange Bowl agreement was more about making sure the Irish had a guaranteed place in college football’s new postseason. Even Notre Dame’s new membership with the ACC wasn’t driven by money.

The financial outcome, while important, is secondary.

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8 Responses to “Irish will reportedly get less from Orange Bowl than others (and that’s okay)”
  1. ajarkoski says: Jan 3, 2013 2:36 PM

    Bills have to be paid, but a good move to not make a beef about money. Stay focused on having a spot to slide into if needed and winning the game whoever the opponent might be. Classy position to take.

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Jan 3, 2013 2:55 PM

    Well …. ND is stupid rich when it comes to their sweet TV deal … they want the WIN more than anything else on Monday.

    ND’s recruiting right now is getting out of control, they are getting big time players at all positions, not to mention 2 of Florida’s best RB’s …

    Also Nix and Martin coming back to play next year? Both graded out as late 1st round early 2nd round picks?


    ND is back, all the while graduating 99% of their players.

    Can’t knock what Kelly and Swarbrick have done in 3 years.

    Roll Irish

  3. teambringitstrong says: Jan 3, 2013 3:24 PM

    How can they be back with that SEC type schedule and how many of those graduates are prime players in the NFL? You sheep need to quit with the ND/Stanford holier than thou mess. As long as their is a profit to be made on the precipice of winning, corners will be cut. I bet ND includes those ‘graduates’ players that transfer to other schools and graduate.

  4. friarjack61 says: Jan 3, 2013 3:34 PM

    Is the NFL the only place the a degreed ND football player can get a job ? Grow up, and start reading more about other subjects than football, and the NFL on TV.

  5. normtide says: Jan 3, 2013 4:30 PM

    Of you think about it, any other team spreads it around their league. ND keeps their share. Not to bad for them at all.

  6. thegamecocker says: Jan 3, 2013 5:36 PM

    Look, this is nonsense and let me tell you why. The ONLY reason ND is bemoaning the lower $$$ payout is because they will more than make it up with alumni and fan donations! They are going to see more incremental revenue than they have in the past 20 years because they are back on top and RELEVANT AGAIN! There is no need to be greedy because they will always have the almighty dollar to fall back on! That is winning is so important. The WIN brings in the money!!! It really is one in the same! Win and more money…so it is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY AND ALWAYS WILL BE!!!

  7. thegamecocker says: Jan 3, 2013 5:37 PM

    The only reason ND is NOT bemoaning…..(sorry, my bad…) The Gamecocker

  8. beerbudsnbevo says: Jan 3, 2013 9:42 PM

    Us Irish are used to getting screwed…

    And I’m not a ND fan either….

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