Ohio State and TCU altered their home-and-home agreement into a single neutral-site game, which is a shame. To see the Buckeyes and their fans crammed into the 40,000-seat, renovated Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth would’ve been a treat in the era of big-time games played in antiseptic, soulless NFL stadiums.
But we know exactly why these one-off games in antiseptic, soulless NFL stadiums survive: money. They’re basically bowl games without the contractual requirement to pay for a week’s worth of hotel rooms for your entire football team and half your athletics department. This year’s Ohio State-TCU game at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium has already been selected as ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” game for the week of Sept. 15, giving the Buckeyes the maximum amount of exposure, along with a high dollar amount.
Eleven Warriors reported Tuesday Ohio State will be paid $5 million to appear at AT&T Stadium, which is more than ten times the amount ($400,000) Ohio State made for a trip to Oklahoma in 2016.
Additionally, Ohio State will dole out $1.7 million for Oregon State’s Sept. 1 visit to Ohio Stadium and $1.5 million for Tulane’s Sept. 22 visit. The $3.2 million figure is believed to be a record for Ohio State in guaranteed payouts but, even still, the Buckeyes will net a hefty profit thanks to the TCU game.
The $1.7 million promised to Oregon State is the highest guarantee on record for an Ohio State opponent to date. However, $1.8 million is promised to Buffalo, Akron and Toledo for their Horseshoe visits in 2020, ’21 and ’22, respectively.