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April 19, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Sunday links — more on Apple Cup

As noted yesterday, among the 1,600 or so who attended Saturday’s scrimmage at UW were four men carrying around signs protesting the move of the Apple Cup to Qwest Field. Judging by their clothes, they appeared to be Cougar fans.
And four days after news of that first broke, it continues to remain at the forefront.
Times columnist Steve Kelley wrote this piece today saying moving the game to Qwest is the right thing to do.
And in Pullman, WSU AD Jim Sterk held what the Spokesman-Review called “an impromptu news conference” to discuss the possible move.
Sterk insisted nothing has been agreed to yet and details could change. UW officials have also insisted nothing is finalized.
There was also this column in the Spokesman today from John Blanchette writing that this could be the beginning of the end for Sterk.
The Spokesman story referred to what Sterk called “budget challenges” at WSU that could include laying off people in the department. I know that could be an issue at UW, as well, and both schools are worried long-term about potentially having to cut sports. Two other Pac-10 schools, Arizona State and Stanford, have each announced they are cutting sports this year and there are rumors of others. Since football is the main money-winner for almost all D-I athletic departments, it’s where ADs turn first when they need to make more money.
I continue to get questions asking how the game will bring in more money when Qwest Field seats about 5,000 fewer or so than Husky Stadium. One thing I heard is that the $10 million over six years that has been bandied about for both schools shouldn’t be viewed as simply assuming they will make one-sixth of that in each year. Instead, it’s a total of what they hope would be earned over the six years, with the thought that ticket prices and other revenue streams will increase as the deal progresses, meaning a lot more money being made in year six than year one. Also, there are about 32,000 more seats in Qwest than in Martin Stadium in Pullman. So over the life of the deal, you are selling about 90,000 or so more seats. Basically, they will just have more seats that will cost more over the six years.
Also, I’ll try to get a new depth chart up later today, as well as more Q-and-A’s. And we’ll probably have a live chat tomorrow.

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