The Mountain West made nearly $1.3 million off its second football championship game, staged last year in Boise, Commissioner Craig Thompson said Tuesday at media days.
That was a 15.7 percent increase over the 2013 game, largely because of a title sponsorship sold to Sports Authority, Thompson said. The Mountain West is in negotiation for a 2015 title sponsor and Sports Authority remains in the picture.
The 2014 championship game was held at Albertsons Stadium. Boise State beat Fresno State 28-14 in front of a season-low crowd of 26,101.
The 2013 championship game was held at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. Fresno State beat Utah State 24-17 in front of 31,362 fans.
The 2013 profit was $1,108,174.
The revenue each year was split 10 percent to the home team, 5 percent to the visiting team and 85 percent to the 12 football-playing members (7.08 percent each). That gave Boise State roughly $218,900 from the 2014 game.
The championship game distribution was part of Boise State’s Mountain West-high $9.4 million payout from conference and College Football Playoff revenue. The MW distributed a conference-record $47 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Other notes from Thompson’s media availability:
– Late kickoffs aren’t going away. “We’re paid to play in those time slots,” he said.
– The TV bonus system that benefits Boise State isn’t changing, either.
– Thompson doesn’t consider potential Big 12 expansion a threat to his league. Boise State has been on many media lists of potential candidates. “I don’t,” he said. “I know a lot of those ADs ... I haven’t heard anyone other than the Oklahoma president say, ‘We should be more than 10 members.’ ”
– Seven Mountain West members plan to offer full cost-of-attendance scholarships to all scholarship athletes in 2015-16. Air Force has a different system as a service academy. Four schools aren’t moving to full cost of attendance this year: Nevada, UNLV, New Mexico and Hawaii. Boise State has the highest estimated annual COA increase at $5,100 per year, according to a Mountain West survey conducted this month. Colorado State has the smallest at $2,400 for in-state students ($3,200 for out of state). The average is $3,813.
Boise State’s actual COA increase depends on where athletes are from and where they live. The numbers, provided by the school: $4,686 per year for Idaho residents living on campus, $5,262 for Idaho residents living off campus, $5,330 for out-of-state students living on campus and $5,486 for out-of-state students living off campus.
– Thompson often hears former Mountain West member TCU’s success in the Big 12 and Boise State’s success in major bowl games cited as models for other up-and-coming programs. He considers those stories unique. “I don’t think there will ever be another Boise State,” he said. “They started (four-year) football in the ’60s, basically.”
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1:30 p.m. MT: Boise State S Darian Thompson
1:45 p.m. MT: Boise State OT Rees Odhiambo
4:30 p.m. MT: Boise State coach Bryan Harsin
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