I talked with Sandy Barbour after the game Saturday and got some good info on a couple of issues being discussed recently.
–Staying an extra night in a hotel in Pasadena didn’t cost the school anything. It was paid for by the Pac-10. There is a rule that dictates that the conference will pick up the tab on expenses that are incurred because of the conference. The Bears decided to go down one night earlier only after it was announced the game would start at 12:30. Since that game time was set by the conference, in conjunction with the conference’s television contract, Cal is not on the hook for that night’s expense.
In other words, leaving a night earlier didn’t change how much money the university saved by taking busses rather than the usual charter flight. With regard to how much money was actually saved, I know there have been a couple numbers floated out there, but I’ve asked a couple people in athletic administration and haven’t been able to get an answer.
–Cal would not have received any extra revenue if it televised Saturday’s Washington State game. The Bears could have gone to Comcast SportsNet Calfornia, the school’s exclusive regional network to try to get it on TV. But CSN California already has an existing contract with the school that pays the university a set sum, Cal wouldn’t have got anything extra. Part of the contract with CSN Califrornia dictates it can pick up available football games. So why didn’t they? My understanding is it was up to them to decide if they wanted to pay to bring in the temporary lights. It must not have made financial sense to do so.