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Alabama to pay Arkansas State a record amount for 2018 game
of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 19, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It’s almost become a tradition in college football for a high-level teams to pay a cupcake in order for the two to have a game against each other. The logic is that the higher-level team gets what should be an easy win, while the lower one gets a boost to their athletic budget and exposure for agreeing to such a game.

Well, these game contracts usually net anywhere from a few hundred thousand to up to a million dollars for the lower-level teams, but Arkansas State has taken that to a new level for a game against Alabama in 2018. According to Arkansas Online, the Red Wolves will receive a school-record $1.7 million for their game against the Crimson Tide that year.

One. Point. Seven. Million. Dollars. Just to come in to Tuscaloosa and lose!

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Why the big increase in pay from normal? Well, with most Power 5 conferences starting to go away from playing FCS opponents, most schools must now find a ready, willing, and able partner out of the Group of 5 conferences. Since this creates a limited number of potential games, schools like Arkansas State can now negotiate for a bigger payday for these games.

Arkansas State isn’t new to this at all; they are apparently getting $1.65 million for their game against Nebraska in 2017. So, keep getting that money, Arkansas State.

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Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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