I didn’t know where to put this but it’s something I’ve wondered about for a while: buy games. Obviously, they are best known in football and basketball, but what about other sports? Could we schedule UConn for a buy game in women’s hoops? What about Sam Houston State in equestrian? (I have no idea if they have a good program, just would assume the number one team would likely be somewhere in Texas.) Help!
Not really - baseball would be the only other one to actually have any meaningful revenue attached and that’s really just vs SEC (if you get a 3 game set it could mean series attendance of 20-30k+ but payout is still lean compared to FB/MBB). Big time womens hoops can pay, but similar to baseball and not significantly more than travel expenses (unless those are really low).
Much thanks! I’m guessing none for hockey then.
You think 10,000+ would come to see UT play Miami in Oxford?
I don’t know if 4 people would. I was just curious about buy games and how they work.
My understanding is you could buy games in whatever sport you wanted. There are instances of schools reporting income/expenses around Guarantees in numerous sports outside FB/MBB. It’s just not very prevalent because of budget and post-season qualification systems in other sports. WBB is growing more by the year in Guarantees though.
Thered be a line coming down I75 to I70 to St St 127 to St Rt 73 to see the Toledo Rockets play at Miami
No - but they may in Knoxville which is what I thought we were talking about.
Yeah, that makes sense. Don’t know why we’d have a buy game in Oxford….my bad
We have buy games for FCS football and DIII basketball though, right? Not like we’re even close to seven figure-paydays, but we’re not getting Robert Morris or Spalding for free.
Rule of thumb, we have buy games for anyone who comes and doesn’t get a return. Iirc, Spalding got around $90k to play at Oxford. FCS schools are getting around $125k-325k. Future schedules typically releases the details for football games.
For reference, Holy Cross is getting a $320k guarantee from us
Spalding got 3k.
Many of the game contracts get posted here:
This is fascinating. The idea of paying good money to get a team to Oxford no one wants to watch is mind blowing although I guess the big schools feel that way about it as well.
Good catch! D1 buy games among mid majors are around that $100k mark. Thanks!