Clarifying dollars & cents of WSU's bowl trip

THE DOLLARS AND cents of the New Mexico Bowl have created confusion among some fans on what this post-season berth means to Washington State's bottom line. The short answer is that it'll be close to a wash.

Here's how the math adds up:

The Pac-12 will reimburse WSU Athletics up to $675,000 in travel and bowl expenses, with the possibility of another $75,000 depending on ticket sales, WSU deputy director of athletics Mike Marlow told

For WSU's bottom line, that's the only revenue that matters. On the expense side, Bill Moos said Monday that he wasn't going to cut corners and that WSU would spend more than $750,000.

So figure some red coming out of the rinse cycle when all is said and done.

The number that doesn't affect WSU's calculations is the $462,500 payout from the New Mexico Bowl to each participating team. WSU's share will actually go straight to the Pac-12. The money every Pac-12 team earns from its respective bowl goes directly to the conference, where it is pooled. Bowl expenses are then deducted from the total and the remaining money is split equally 13 ways, with 12 shares going to each member school and one share staying with the Pac-12 offices.

That revenue-sharing number from this bowl season figures to land somewhere around $2 million per Pac-12 school when all is said and done.

THE NEW MEXICO BOWL requires WSU to pay for $150,000 in tickets. The New Mexico Bowl and Moos said that amounts to about 5,000 tickets.

WSU said it had sold 3,800 tickets as of Tuesday. Tickets are available at or by phoning (800) GO-COUGS. Tickets may be donated to charities and military in the Albuquerque area.

For Pac-12 teams that are in conference-contracted bowl games such as the New Mexico, the conference will pick up the tab for as many as 50 percent of their allotment that remains unsold.

THE COUGARS HAVE PRACTICED four times since the Apple Cup, including yesterday, and work out again tonight in WSU's indoor practice facility.

Las Vegas oddsmakers list 6-6 WSU as a 3 1/2-point favorite over 7-6 Colorado State. The game is set for Dec. 21 with an 11 a.m. and TV coverage on ESPN.

The extended forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 40 degrees at game time. Albuquerque sits on the Rio Grande River and averages 278 days of sunshine annually.


  • WSU is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Sagarin computer rankings for toughest schedules. The Cougars played four Top 25 teams, including then-No. 2 Oregon and No. 5 Stanford. WSU opened the season at then-unranked Auburn, which is playing in the national title game.

  • Moos said the marching band, spirit groups and staff with work assignments will be part of the Cougars' traveling party to Albuquerque.

  • College Football Hall of Famer Joe Theismann, an NFL broadcaster and former NFL quarterback, will be the featured speaker at the bowl banquet the day prior to the game.

  • The New Mexico Bowl provides each player with the NCAA maximum of $550 in gifts. Each school and conference also can provide gifts.

  • Jeff Siembieda, the executive director of the New Mexico Bowl, is a former sportscaster in Yakima and the Tri-Cities.
  • The New Mexico Bowl game is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television.

  • The Pac-12's contract with the New Mexico Bowl ends with this year's game.

  • This is finals week at WSU and because of that, the Cougs' practice tonight doesn't start until 9 p.m.

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