In the Big 12, the BCS (Fiesta, usually) participant receives $1.61 million. The Cotton, Alamo, Insight, Holiday and Pinstripe teams get $1 million, and the team heading to Houston for the Meineke Bowl gets $680,000.
Those trips are all accompanied by a $300-per-mile, one-way stipend, and this is where WVU's longer trips will yield more. A trek to the No. 3 Big 12 bowl in the Alamodome will pay the Mountaineers about $380,000 in mileage, plus the $1 million stipend.
Overall, with both figures combined, it's not quite up to the Big East deal where the BCS and Houston bowls are concerned, but the total revenue sharing on the back end is far better.
And if the BCS drops all automatic qualifiers starting in 2014 - that's getting more probable by the day, it seems - the Big 12 is likely to get more BCS teams and revenue than is the Big East, too).
Where the Big 12 deal gets much better is on the ticket-allotment plan. In the Big East, a school must pay for what it doesn't sell from its allotment, as West Virginia did when it had 8,169 unused tickets from an allotment of 17,500 for the Fiesta Bowl four years ago. Connecticut ate more than 12,000 tickets at the Fiesta a year ago.
(By the way, as of Thursday noon, WVU had sold 5,100 of its 17,5000 tickets for the upcoming Orange Bowl, with the university expected to pay for another 1,400 for "official use, for the band, players' and coaches' families, administrators, etc.).
WVU Deputy Athletic Director Mike Parsons, who attended planning meetings with the Big 12 recently, said that the conference assumes liability for the team ticket allotment at a bowl.
If a school sells more than 50 percent of its allotment, the school gets 50 percent of that revenue above the 50 percent sold.
So, using the Alamo Bowl as an example, the Big 12 team ticket allotment is 12,500. If a team sells 8,250 tickets, it gets to retain half of the revenue from 2,000 seats. The conference keeps the other revenue, and pays for the unsold 4,250.
Bowl deals, ties and rotation orders can change starting in 2014, and the Big East will be trying to increase the number of its bowls with its changed lineup of teams. The Big 12 could expand further, too (as many expect will happen in the next couple of years), and add a bowl or two.
The Big 12's No. 3 slot, the Alamo, pays $3.175 million per team. The Big East's third spot, the Belk, pays $1.7 million.
Bottom line, the Big 12 has a Texas-sized $8 million-plus bowl bulge over the Big East. The Mountaineers are counting on sharing some of that.
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