Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 010518 Contents It’s A $1.5 Billion Bonanza Those
40 College Football Bowl Games
by Ed Frank
If you’re bleary from watching 39 college football bowl
games, did you ever consider the staggering economic
impact of these contests?
The bowl games began December 16 with the New Orleans
Bowl when Troy defeated North Texas, and will conclude
Monday night in the championship game in Atlanta when
Georgia faces Alabama (the 40th bowl game) for college
football’s biggest prize.
That game alone will generate at least a $300 million
impact, according to past studies.
But let’s look at the overall impact of these 40 bowl games:
A report at the end of the 2015 season compiled by San Diego State University’s
Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and George Washington
University calculated the economic impact of all 40 bowl games at $1.5 billion.
This figure, of course, includes both direct and indirect spending.
The Rose Bowl is the “Granddaddy” of all bowl games and generates more than
$300 million in spending. It and the Tournament of Roses Parade is the largest
one-day attraction in the Los Angeles area – bigger than the Oscars.
These huge figures really tell only a portion of the story.
Here’s what the individual conferences will receive in payouts for these bowl
Big Ten – $89.5 million; $54 million in base payout plus $4 million for Ohio
State in the Cotton Bowl; $4 million for Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl and $27.5
million for Wisconsin’s Orange Bowl berth.
Normally, these proceeds are then split among all conference members.
ACC – $87.5 million
SEC – $70 million
Pac-12 – $62 million
Big 12 – $60 million
In 1955, there were only seven bowl games. Today, we have 40. And we’re
certain this billion dollar-plus enterprise will continue to escalate in the years ahead.
Everblades Close Out 2017 In First Place
The Florida Everblades hockey team closed out the year with a 7-1 victory over
Orlando to maintain their first-place lead in the ECHL South Division with a 22-5 -1-
2 season record.
The Everblades are on the road this weekend playing two games at South
Carolina and a single game at Atlanta.
1. Who was the last major-league team before the Chicago White Sox in 2016 to turn at least
three triple plays in a season?
2. Which two National League teammates combined for more than 130 stolen bases for four
consecutive seasons during the 1980s?
3. Lamar Jackson set a record in 2016 for most total touchdowns by a Louisville quarterback
(51). Who had held the school record?
4. In the 2015-16 season, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside became the second player in NBA
history to have at least 250 blocked shots and shoot 60 percent from the field for a season.
Who was the first?
5. Does Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby have more than 60 NHL playoff goals for his career?
6. What is the only current track where Kyle Busch has not won a NASCAR Cup points race?
7. Who was the last American male tennis player before Sam Querrey in 2017 (Wimbledon)
to reach a Grand Slam semifinal?
1. Oakland and Boston, both in 1979. 2 . St. Louis’ Vince Coleman and Ozzie Smith, 1985-88.
3. Dave Ragone (2000) and Brian Brohm (2007) each tallied 33 TDs in a season. 4 . Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers, in the 1979-80 season (blocked shots were not kept as
a statistic until the 1973-74 NBA season). 5 . Crosby had 57 playoff goals entering the 2017-18
NHL season. 6 . Charlotte Motor Speedway. 7. Andy Roddick, at Wimbledon in 2009.
THE RIVER - JANUARY 5, 2018
$739,000 Call Eric Pfeifer
Peaceful Nature Views / Near Beach Home
1st Floor Master Suite / Catherdral Ceilings
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths / Two Stor y Design
225 Daniel Drive
Tickets and parking passes for
the Chubb Classic geing held at
TwinEagles Club from February 13
to 18 are now available for purchase at the
Naples PGA Tour Superstore. Hospitality
tickets for Taste of SW Florida, held in
conjunction with the golf tournament, are
also for sale.
Daily general admission tickets cost
$15 and are valid for admission any one
day of tournament week. Weekly general
admission tickets cost $30 and are valid
for admission all week, Tuesday through
Sunday. Kids, ages 17 and under, will
receive free general admission with a
ticketed adult. General admission parking
passes are also available for $5 per day
or $20 for the week (Tuesday through
Taste of SW Florida hospitality tickets
are available for $35 daily, valid any one
day Friday or Saturday. All upgraded
hospitality ticket options can be purchased
online at www.chubbclassic.com or by
calling the tournament office at 593-3900.
Naples PGA Tour Superstore is located
at 2135 Tamiami Trail North in Naples.
TwinEagles Club is located at 11725 Twin
Eagles Boulevard in Naples.
For more information on the Chubb
Classic, visit www.chubbclassic.com.
Tees Off On
Fort Myers Country Club began
a weeklong celebration of its
100th birthday on December
29. On January 5 at 11 a.m., the
celebration will culminate with a special
presentation at Fort Myers Country
Club presented by the Mayor, City
Manager, and members of the City
Fort Myers Country Club opened its
course for play in 1917. The Mayor’s
proclamation recounts the following
In 1916, Fort Myers businessmen
incorporated, purchased land and hired
preeminent golf course architect Donald
On December 29, 1917, the first tee
continued on page 24
Signage at the Fort Myers Country Club
From page 17
“As our largest annual fundraiser, Magic
Under the Mangroves plays an important
role in supporting the influential work of
the Conservancy, enabling our team to
advocate for the natural treasures of our
region,” said Rob Moher, president and
CEO of the Conservancy. “Through this
year’s Magic Under the Mangroves gala,
we are able to support the Conservancy’s
efforts to address environmental challenges
and inspire future generations of conserva-
tionists, and we look forward to bringing
the community together make a difference
right here in Southwest Florida.”
Magic Under the Mangroves began as
the 40th anniversary celebration for the
Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The
2017 Magic Under the Mangroves event
raised more than $1.2 million, a sizeable
portion of the Conservancy’s annual
operating budget. Since its inception, the
event has raised more than $9.3 million.
For more information, call 403-4218
or visit www.conservancy.org/events/
Links Archive RWN 122917 RWN 011218 Navigation Previous Page Next Page