Tide, FSU to make $2M each off game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Win or lose, Number 16 Alabama and Florida State both stand to make a lot of money playing in Jacksonville, Florida, next week.

Each university is projected to receive profits of $2 million or more under the game contract, which was obtained by The Huntsville Times through an open records request. A $2 million payday is about what Alabama pockets for a home game.

The game will be played at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 29th.

The game was put together when Florida State athletic director Dave Hart, a former Alabama basketball player, mentioned the idea to Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore. They both worked with the Gator Bowl Association to put the event together.

Alabama has projected only $2 million from the game in its budget, but the school hopes for even more.

The original projected payout for Alabama and Florida State was $4.9 million because the game budget included $500,000 from sponsorships. But sponsorships for market value could not be secured.

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