Pitt vs Penn state cfb series ends in 2019

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Re: Pitt vs Penn state cfb series ends in 2019

Postby Crimson's Ghost » February 14th, 2018, 1:11 pm

Neither side needs it, but it’s fun. That’s all it really comes down to.



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Re: Pitt vs Penn state cfb series ends in 2019

Postby GoldenRamsFAN » February 14th, 2018, 1:19 pm

Crimson's Ghost wrote:Again, it was Penn State's best attended game in 8-9 years and highest priced single-game ticket from last season.  It was kind of a big deal.  

Penn State home game the last 5 years. 

92,000
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So in a five year stretch, the only 2 games that drew over the 107,000 capacity was Pitt and Michigan of this year.  The only times Penn State gets to capacity are generally Ohio State and Michigan.   So typically for PSU to have a full sellout, they need Ohio State, Michigan, or Pitt to make it happen.

101 for Akron is obviously good, but I'm sure business owners in State College appreciate when there's an extra 8,000 fans in town when Pitt is there.  Penn State claims they have to run the entire athletic budget off of Penn State football home games, so I guess every dollar matters. Might as well play Pitt. 

All wrestling matches are sellout, women’s volleyball, and hockey. Ya the football helps the other programs but there are a lot up there that don’t need the money from football budget.

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Re: Pitt vs Penn state cfb series ends in 2019

Postby Crimson's Ghost » February 14th, 2018, 1:55 pm

I don’t know the PSU budget that well, I made that comment since that was a common excuse used for many years why PSU didn’t play Pitt.   It was more of a joke or a dig. 

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Re: Pitt vs Penn state cfb series ends in 2019

Postby abpk2903 » February 14th, 2018, 2:19 pm

What sport at Pitt funds their football team? 

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Re: Pitt vs Penn state cfb series ends in 2019

Postby Crimson's Ghost » February 14th, 2018, 3:10 pm

I’m guessing none. Even when Pitt was a top 15 program in basketball for a decade, im sure it wasn’t funding the entire athletic program.  

It’s weird that we’ve all been told that Penn State football has to fund the entire athletic program and as goldenrams mentioned they have a number of self sustaining programs.  

My cousin operates a restaurant in State college and he insists that he needs seven home games.  So who knows. Probably not so much the athletic program, probably just the town itself needs 7 home games. 

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Postby 12HankQB » February 14th, 2018, 3:21 pm

State College turns into the 4th largest city in PA on game day. I'm sure every game means everything to the town financially.
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Re: Pitt vs Penn state cfb series ends in 2019

Postby abpk2903 » February 15th, 2018, 11:18 am

Here’s the thing. Penn State’s atheletic program COULD survive on 6 home games. Heck they could probably on 4 home games. If they want to compete with the facilities of Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, Alabama, etc. then the NEED 7 home games. Every dollar earned gives them flexibility to build the best facilities, hire the best assistant coaches, and recruit nationwide. 
How many home games does Ohio State have next year? 7. Michigan? 7 (had 8, 2 years ago). Clemson? 7. Alabama? 7. Pitt? 7. Do you see a trend here? You can’t compete financially with the biggest programs in the county giving up $7-$10 million that is generated by each home game. That money is then used to grow the program.
At the same time, the difference between a series with Pitt or a series with Virginia Tech has little to no effect on the PSU budget. Both games are going to draw 108,000 to 110,000 fans. Both games are going to be nationally televised. Both games are going to require a road game in return for their visit. The only difference is  a victory (or loss) over Virginia Tech is going to carry much more weight nationally in my opinion. 


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