Report: WVU, JMU Near Deal

The Charleston Daily Mail reported Monday morning that West Virginia University officials are close to signing a deal that would see the Mountaineer football team take on Football Championship Subdivision foe James Madison at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., during the 2012 season.

According to the report from Mike Casazza, the game would be played Sept. 15, making it WVU's third of the regular season.

The game would be considered a home contest for the Mountaineers. WVU would reportedly receive a guarantee of somewhere between $2-2.25 million, while FedEx Field would also pay JMU's guarantee of $350,000 (plus up to an extra $150,000 in attendance incentives).

West Virginia's athletic department nets somewhere around $2 million for an average home game after paying the guarantee for visiting squads. Thus, WVU would likely stand to profit at least slightly more from this arrangement than it would from a true home game.

James Madison and the Mountaineers have met once on the football field, with WVU winning a 45-10 contest in 2004. The Royal Dukes went on to win the FCS national championship that season.

The Mountaineers are also scheduled to play BYU at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, in 2016. West Virginia will also play a 2013 game against Maryland at another nearby NFL venue, Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.


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