SBD/Issue 242/College Football Preview
Small Colleges See Revenue Perks For Games Against Top Schools
Published September 3, 2009
|Charleston Southern Will Earn
$450,000 For Playing At Florida
IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU WIN OR LOSE? In Orlando, Jeremy Fowler wrote by playing Florida on Saturday, Charleston Southern will receive the "kind of college football exposure only the Gators can provide," including the "recruiting visibility of the talent-rich state of Florida" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/2). The L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke said, "It's not just about the money, it's about the perception. They will be on national TV for people to see them as an underdog, as a team that is willing to swing for the fences, as a program that's willing to take a chance, as a program that's willing to embarrass itself to learn about itself. It is what college athletics is about." Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan: "They're going to get a paycheck they never could have gotten that many other schools are going to get. This is the best thing that could happen to them." But FanHouse.com's Jay Mariotti said, "What about these kids? I think you're exploiting them" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 9/2). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said the BCS "should penalize teams that have these games." Wilbon: "I call it pay for slay." But ESPN's Tony Kornheiser argued, "If Charleston Southern is offered a game with Florida for that kind of money, 100 times out of 100 you have to take that game for the exposure" ("PTI," ESPN, 9/2).