I believe what you are saying. The ticket prices for the Orange Bowl are higher than the Peach bowl. But they are not so high has to tripe a payout (17~18 million). A 6million payout is in line for the Orange, given you have to pay about 50% more for a Orange vs. a Peach ticket.
(On a side note, I wish more of our fans understood the money aspect of the bowl games.. Its nice to go to the Orange Bowl, but all we are doing is paying more for a seat, and sending 14/15ths of that extra money to our conference brothers. Clemson needs to get more creative with Tickets and find a way to keep that money in Clemson.)
That said, how would the smaller schools (NIU or Fresno) have been compensated if they would have qualified for a "BCS Bowl". Would they also only receive 6 million? TV Money had to be used to get the mega payouts. But would the small schools qualify for that since they are not in the big 6 conferences??
Doesn't really matter now that the BCS is ending, but was curious.
is paid by the BCS and is generated largely from lucrative television contracts with ESPN. The network pays nearly $150 million per year for the rights to all five BCS Bowl games.
That payment is expected to get even bigger next year as college football moves to a playoff system. ESPN is in the process of securing the playoff TV rights and many epxect the network will eventually have to pay upwards of $350 million for them.
Each AQ conference sends at least one team to a BCS bowl (no more than two, though) and earns $23.6 million in return. If a conference sends a second team, which will be the case for the SEC and the Pac-12 it receives an additional $6.2 million.