By Chadd Cripe
The Washington Redskins plan to sell a title sponsorship for next year’s game between Boise State and Virginia Tech at FedExField, said Zack Bolno, the executive director of communications for the Redskins. The game is expected to air on ABC or ESPN.
The Redskins also hope to make the game part of a series of high-profile college football games at FedExField. Already, they have the Army-Navy Game for 2011.
“We’re working on securing great college football games for the D.C. metropolitan area,” Bolno said. “… We’re confident the Boise State-Virginia Tech game is going to be one of the biggest college football games in this area’s history.”
The Broncos and Hokies, two of the most successful programs in the country over the past decade, are scheduled to play Oct. 2, 2010. Those were the teams the Redskins targeted, Bolno said, and they expect to sell out the 91,704-seat stadium.
“We approached Virginia Tech about playing a major opponent,” Bolno said. “As we began to look for an opponent, we decided to pursue Boise State. They were our No. 1 choice. … Boise State offered us a team that had one of the best records in the country over the past decade and they certainly captured the attention of college football fans all across the country, particularly with their great win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.”
Boise State will earn $1.25 million from the game. WAC commissioner Karl Benson guessed that is the highest single-game, regular-season payout in college football history.
A reader pointed out a USA Today article from last year that reported Navy would get $1.4 million this year at Ohio State, but that sum includes special compensation for Navy to buy out of a previously contracted game, so it’s unclear what Navy’s true payday is. Ohio State wouldn’t confirm that payout; Navy hasn’t responded to my inquiry.
The Des Moines Register assembled a database last year of most of the single-game payouts in college football. None came close to the deal the Broncos just landed.
The Redskins wouldn’t say how much Virginia Tech, the home team, stands to make from the FedExField game. Virginia Tech hasn’t responded to my inquiry on that.
Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, the Holiday Bowl offensive MVP, said the Ducks will avenge their loss to the Broncos from last year when the two teams meet Sept. 3 at Bronco Stadium.
"It's kind of embarrassing having them come over here and beat us on our home field," Masoli told TV station KVAL of Eugene, Ore., "but I think this year we'll take it to them."
Masoli was knocked out of last year's game with an injury.
Here's the KVAL story.
Boise State senior tight end Richie Brockel is one of 52 Football Bowl Subdivision nominees for the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team for his work in the community. Eleven FBS players will make the final team.