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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Al Saracevic: Some people call them "revenue games." Others call them "paycheck" or "cupcake" games. Some refer to their opponents as "patsies." Every year, dozens of absurd mismatches appear on the college football schedule, pitting lesser programs against powerhouses. The big-name schools pay their patsies for the privilege, giving the smaller prorgrams a much-needed stream of revenue.

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The big-name schools pay their patsies for the privilege, giving the smaller prorgrams a much-needed stream of revenue.

Schools split the revenue from each game. This is actually a good thing since if they didn't the small schools would not be able to get the tv time or the increased revenue. Without these games small schools have even less opportunity to grow a program that can generate the revenue on their own.

#1 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-09-16 03:23 PM | Reply

The workers should unionize and demand better wages. They are being exploited.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-16 03:27 PM | Reply


A few years ago football in the US stopped being a sport and became a business.

These revenue games should be no surprise.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-16 03:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

While common sense suggests that injuries may be higher in these games, is there any empirical evidence for this? The author offers none.

Mighty Stanford beat lowly UC Davis by 20. Alabama rolled their opponent, an in-conference school, by 45. Appalachian State nearly defeated Penn State, which the author would claim to be an embarrassment.

Do wealthy, white alumni really feel like their school has done them a disservice when the black kids on the fields are breaking their bodies for entertainment against an inferior opponent? Or do the privileged laugh at their negro gladiators slaughtering the outmatched slaves from the other plantation?

#4 | Posted by TylerDurden at 2018-09-16 08:06 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by hatter5183

Read the article, bonehead.

#5 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-09-16 08:10 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by TylerDurden

That's just stupid goddam bull ----.

#6 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-09-16 08:12 PM | Reply

Even more so is power 5 program scheduling FCS teams before their big games.
Alabama has The Citadel week before playing Auburn. The Citadel.

#7 | Posted by Docman at 2018-09-16 09:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Alabama has The Citadel week before playing Auburn. The Citadel.

#7 | POSTED BY DOCMAN

there is a list of smaller schools a mile long who want a chance to get that +1 million $ check for a saturday game w/ Bama, ohio st, Penn St, USC, Mich, and the other big football programs. You can buy a lot of lab equipment with money like that.

College football is most decidedly about money, but people fill the stadiums every single weekend. Players, many of whom would not be able to get a college education, and even though they may not be getting a fair share of the money, are lined up to get a chance to play on scholarship.

If you do the math, the numbers are astronomical and I can't find a reason to stop it all. Why? Because, as an impartial observer, it is entertaining as hell.

#8 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-09-17 08:22 AM | Reply

"While common sense suggests that injuries may be higher in these games, is there any empirical evidence for this?"

Exactly. If it were a given, I'm pretty sure this would have had exposure a long time ago. I watch college football every weekend and can't say I've noticed any major discrepancies. But the author does a good job of bringing up the question. Unfortunately, he makes a conclusion that isn't backed up so this is just another op-ed about college footbsssnnnnznzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Sorry, fell asleep just by even thinking about another op-ed about college football...

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2018-09-17 12:11 PM | Reply

It gives these kids at a smaller program the chance to pay on the big stage. A lot of them want these games.

These schools only get better by playing this level of competition. And frankly, I would love to cheer for my alma mater to go out there and try to play a big name school...even if they get thrashed.

This is one of those times it's not about winning. It's about being there, having a chance to play in a big game, and learning from the experience.

When I was coaching at the high school level (won't mention the sports and activities I coached), we fought for these match ups because this is where our kids learned the most.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-09-17 12:36 PM | Reply

My favorite game of all time was Georgia Tech vs Cumberland.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-17 12:37 PM | Reply

ULM over Alabama a few years ago
Troy over LSU last year
Troy beat Nebraska Sat
--- beat Arkansas Sat

Bottom line is the University makes money, kids who would otherwise never get a chance to go to college get scholarships, and lessor known schools get some needed exposure.

#12 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2018-09-17 03:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

No, the bottom line is the schools get $$$.
Thats literally what bottom line means.

That other stuff is simply you justifying why the owners, not the workers, should get the monetary benefits.

You're the type of person who won't go to work without the protection of your union contract, but thinks others like artists and up and coming athletes should work for free for "the exposure."

Should mall cops should work for free in hopes of becoming your co-workers someday too?

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-17 03:22 PM | Reply

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