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National Sports

July 27, 2013

Pay Day games may be disappearing

(Continued)

NEW YORK —

Scott shot down that idea and Steinbrecher doesn’t sound overly concerned about his teams not getting more than a few shots per season to knock off marquee programs.

Steinbrecher said it’s more likely for the big five to trim FCS teams — the old Division I-AA — from their schedules than the other FBS leagues. The Big Ten has said it would likely eliminate all FCS games soon. And if schools from the big five are getting tired of cutting those big checks for home games, Steinbrecher has another solution.

“We’d gladly give up the guarantee game and start a home-and-home,” he said.

Patty Viverito runs the FCS Missouri Valley Conference football as senior associate commissioner. MVC teams such as Northern Iowa and North Dakota State frequently play Big Ten teams. Losing that revenue will be a challenge for her schools, she said.

“But at this juncture there seems to be plenty of willing hosts,” she said. “We haven’t had too much difficulty in finding alternate opponents.”

She added: “We think that those games have been good for the game of college football. I think I would like to have a more considerate approach to the good of the game be part of the conversation.”

She noted some of the top FCS programs often have teams comparable or better to the bottom teams in FBS, and have fans that make road trips and buy tickets.

Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander said it’s hard to predict what not having FBS games and the money that comes with them would do to his members.

“There are some that rely on the revenue to improve facilities and fund their programs,” he said. “But it’s not like the sky would fall and wouldn’t be able to play anymore.”

Viverito wondered whether the big five conferences could stomach the consequences of playing only games against each other.

“That’s a zero-sum game where 50 percent of the teams loss,” she said. “None of those teams want to be 6-6. They all want to be 9-3 or 10-2.”

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