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College Football's Billions

The 2008-2009 college football postseason kicks off December 20 with the EagleBank Bowl in D.C, the first of 34 Division I bowl games. It may not be the pros, but college ball is posting some big-league numbers.

  • <p>The 2008-2009 college football postseason kicks off December 20 with the EagleBank Bowl in D.C, the first of 34 Division I bowl games. It may not be the pros, but college ball is posting some big-league numbers.</p>
  • <p>The College Football economy is worth an estimated yearly <strong>$6 BILLION</strong>, and in 2007, the <strong>619 SCHOOLS</strong> competing in <strong>NCAA FOOTBALL</strong> tallied a total attendance of <strong>48,751,861</strong>.</p>
  • <p><strong>Ohio State University</strong> had the nation's largest athletic budget last year: <strong>$109, 382, 222</strong>. That's nearly <strong>$110,000</strong> for each of its <strong>980</strong> athletes.</p>
  • <p><strong>Fox</strong> paid <strong>$330 Million</strong> to air all Bowl Championship Series games, except the Rose Bowl from 2007 to 2010.</p>
  • <p>Last Season's 32 bowl games collectively drew <strong>1.7 million</strong> fans, and another <strong>129 million</strong> households tuned in to TV broadcasts.</p>
  • <p>The average home-game attendance in 2007 at Texas A&M's Kyle Field: <strong>82,207</strong></p>
<p>The estimated population in 2007 of College Station, Texas -- home to Texas A&M: <strong>80,315</strong></p>
  • <p><strong>WINS:</strong> Merchandise royalties for the University of Texas doubled to <strong>$8 million</strong> after it won the 2006 national championship. And New Orleans got an economic boost estimated at <strong>$400 million</strong> from hosting last year's national championship.</p>
<p><strong>LOSSES: NBC</strong> pays $9 million per year for the broadcast rights to home games at Notre Dame, which went 3-9 last season. Ratings have dropped 47% since 2005.</p>
  • 01 /07

    The 2008-2009 college football postseason kicks off December 20 with the EagleBank Bowl in D.C, the first of 34 Division I bowl games. It may not be the pros, but college ball is posting some big-league numbers.

  • 02 /07

    The College Football economy is worth an estimated yearly $6 BILLION, and in 2007, the 619 SCHOOLS competing in NCAA FOOTBALL tallied a total attendance of 48,751,861.

  • 03 /07

    Ohio State University had the nation's largest athletic budget last year: $109, 382, 222. That's nearly $110,000 for each of its 980 athletes.

  • 04 /07

    Fox paid $330 Million to air all Bowl Championship Series games, except the Rose Bowl from 2007 to 2010.

  • 05 /07

    Last Season's 32 bowl games collectively drew 1.7 million fans, and another 129 million households tuned in to TV broadcasts.

  • 06 /07

    The average home-game attendance in 2007 at Texas A&M's Kyle Field: 82,207

    The estimated population in 2007 of College Station, Texas -- home to Texas A&M: 80,315

  • 07 /07

    WINS: Merchandise royalties for the University of Texas doubled to $8 million after it won the 2006 national championship. And New Orleans got an economic boost estimated at $400 million from hosting last year's national championship.

    LOSSES: NBC pays $9 million per year for the broadcast rights to home games at Notre Dame, which went 3-9 last season. Ratings have dropped 47% since 2005.

The 2008-2009 college football postseason kicks off December 20 with the EagleBank Bowl in D.C, the first of 34 Division I bowl games. It may not be the pros, but college ball is posting some big-league numbers.

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