This Missed Field Goal Cost A University Three Million Dollars
Kyle Brotzman's missed field goal against Nevada was a heartbreaker. It cost the Boise State Broncos, America's darling, the little team that could, a chance to play in the Rose Bowl. It probably cost them recruiting-wise, too (blue-chippers would rather play for a top 5 team, not an 10th-ranked "mid-major," after all). But it also may have cost them financially.
As in: $3 million. Wow.
That's the amount Boise State stood to gain from a berth in the Rose Bowl, the second most important college football game of the year. Had they beaten Nevada, and remained undefeated, they would have been awarded a large payout.
From the New York Times:
The Rose Bowl, like other Bowl Championship Series games, touts a per-team payout of $17 million. For teams like Boise State and others in one of the five conferences without an automatic bid, the payout is $12 million, [Western Athletic Conference commissioner, Karl] Benson said. Boise State figured to gain $3 million, the other WAC teams would have split $5 million, and the four other second-tier conferences would have split $4 million.
Because of Brotzman's missed field goal, however, they'll be playing in "something called the Maaco Bowl" instead.
Boise played in the Maaco Bowl last year. The payout? $1.1 million, none of which went to the them.
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