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Michigan took a financial loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl too

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The University of Michigan took a loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, losing to Kansas State by a score of 31-14. It turns out that loss came at a price. As reported by MLive.com, citing financial documents obtained through a public records request, Michigan spent a total of $2.01 million on the trip to Tempe for the bowl game. The game left Michigan at a loss of $132,000.

This does not account for the money received by Michigan through the Big Ten’s bowl revenue share, so the loss may not be a cause for alarm. As reported, Michigan received a bowl share of $11.78 million the previous year. When millions are coming in from the conference’s bowl share, a loss of $132,000 almost seems insignificant. And in a sense, it is because schools operate knowing a healthy bowl share is coming as well as long as the school is not on any probation or postseason ban. For example, Penn State will not receive a bowl share from the Bg Ten, for example, because it is ineligible for postseason play. Instead, Penn State’s share will be donated to charities within the Big Ten community.

The breakdown of Michigan’s expenses reported saw $1.15 million used for travel costs, $664,595 for food, and $68,295 for absorbed tickets to the game. Absorbing tickets has been an issue with bowl games and expenses to schools over the years, but is something the Big Ten has addressed moving forward with new bowl arrangements. As noted by MLive.com, the Big Ten has negotiated smaller ticket requirements with new bowl partners and bowl contracts beginning this season. The travel expenses, on the other hand, will remain a concern for Big Ten teams as the reach of the Big Ten’s new bowl partnerships will begin spreading out.

“With our new bowl arrangement, the Big Ten is going to have relationships with bowls in Northern California, Southern California, Texas — the bowl picture is really spreading out,” Michigan AD Dave Brandon said to MLive.com. “That’s smart, but we all have to be really sensitive to the fact our practices — (at Michigan), when we go to a bowl game, we’re taking a lot of people. We take our band. We take our spirit squads. When you’re chartering jumbo jets and filling them up with people, and filling up hotels, it gets expensive.”

Of course, there are alternatives to cutting back on expenses, like taking cheaper flights and staying in cheaper hotels where available. But who wants to do that?

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17 Responses to “Michigan took a financial loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl too”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 2, 2014 11:27 AM

    Can you imagine if the airlines start charging by the pound?

    Then Michigan might leave the cheerleaders behind to save some money…

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jul 2, 2014 11:47 AM

    It’s hard to believe that the meal expenses are so high seeing as how the cheerleaders usually just graze on the field grass for their meals.

  3. friarjack61 says: Jul 2, 2014 11:53 AM

    Instead of a degree in the sports field, maybe someone in the Athletic Dept should have one in business: ecomonics/accounting/marketing, where P&L information is understood.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 2, 2014 11:53 AM

    Isn’t it time that we get rid of these fringe bowl games. The current bowl system is too watered down, especially with several instances of 7 loss teams playing in bowl games.

    I love the new CFB Playoff but it needs to go further than just 4 teams. I think a 16 team true playoff or a 24 team playoff with the top 8 getting a bye would be the best solution. The ratings would be astronomical and the TV package would probably be worth more than all the current bowl games combined…

    And I mean who really cares about the Beef O’Bradys Bowl or the Meineke Car Care Bowl anyway??? The ratings of a #1 v #16 matchup would blow the ratings of just about ANY of the fringe bowls out of the water.

  5. seminolez says: Jul 2, 2014 12:01 PM

    how do real football fans (compared to a fan of team) complain about more games?

  6. imaduffer says: Jul 2, 2014 12:22 PM

    How about the Alamo Fringe Bowl? That way Texas and A&M could meet every year. Since both team are irrelevant except for the fans that live in Texas.

  7. stoicpaisano says: Jul 2, 2014 12:35 PM

    I know BW-3 provided UM/KSU with thousands of free meals as part of the Bowl contract…is Hoke responsible for the other $660k spent on food?

  8. brianincbus says: Jul 2, 2014 1:30 PM

    Enjoy your second tier bowl game scUM, you’re a second tier program as long as Flounder is your head coach.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 2, 2014 1:39 PM

    seminolez says:
    Jul 2, 2014 12:01 PM

    how do real football fans (compared to a fan of team) complain about more games?
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    So I assume you watch Arena Football and Canadian Football on a regular basis? As well as all those D2 and D3 games?

    When you dilute a great product with a bad version of the product it brings the whole brand down….

    I’d much rather see 23 games in a 24 team tourney than 39 Poinsettia and Boca Raton bowls…

  10. wvufan82 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:42 PM

    I love these non stories and the knee jerk reactions from them….seems to me they actually made more than $11MM on bowl revenue. Who cares if they had a 100k loss on the actual game…

    also this: “$68,295 for absorbed tickets to the game. Absorbing tickets has been an issue with bowl games and expenses to schools over the years” is just another push by the money hungry schools to squeeze more money out of the fans to attend games in god knows where so they can make money on an “extra” non home game…not to mention the fact that it was 1/10th of the food cost of the trip

  11. dumbpollack says: Jul 2, 2014 3:44 PM

    I saw this same scenario in “the blues brothers”, when the band actually owed at the end if the night because they drank too much during their set. Choke ate his way out of any profit at all for Mich.

  12. dumbpollack says: Jul 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    But wait…he is “tough and old school” because he never wears sleeves or a head set. What a freakin’ wannabe!!!

  13. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 2, 2014 4:10 PM

    Michigan’s football team is terrible and has been for some time but for some reason the national sports media loves them and continues to write about them as if they are relevant. If this was any other team with a similar record over the past several seasons we wouldn’t hear anything about them.
    My question is why? Why do we constantly have to read about such an irrelevant program here and in so many other places?

  14. dumbpollack says: Jul 2, 2014 4:17 PM

    Could it be because they have the ugliest helmets in football?!!

  15. theanalyticalkid says: Jul 2, 2014 6:20 PM

    I just can’t wait until 110 of the 120-something teams make bowl games.

    Just imagine how fun and exciting it will be watching a team like 1-11 Florida International take on 0-12 Georgia State in the Preparation-H Sphincter Bowl.

    The only thing that could possibly be better would be 18 of 32 NFL teams making the NFL playoffs.

  16. polegojim says: Jul 4, 2014 3:51 PM

    You critics are such a joke.

    Michigan football has always been a cash cow.

    132k is pocket money.

    Go BLUE!

  17. tigersfandan says: Jul 5, 2014 2:55 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Jul 2, 2014 4:10 PM
    Michigan’s football team is terrible and has been for some time but for some reason the national sports media loves them and continues to write about them as if they are relevant. If this was any other team with a similar record over the past several seasons we wouldn’t hear anything about them.
    My question is why? Why do we constantly have to read about such an irrelevant program here and in so many other places?
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    Michigan football is not terrible. We are better than at least 60-70% of the current FBS programs and we won the Sugar Bowl just a few years ago. It seems that every article about UM football brings the haters out of the woodwork screaming about how irrelevant we are. If we’re so insignificant, why do you feel a need to constantly point it out? At least you’re more eloquent and less childish than Buckeye fans like brianincbus, but keep in mind that facts are your friend and you don’t have to be afraid of them.

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