(By Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News Sentinel)
Tennessee brought in $1,455,450 in revenue for the Outback Bowl and spent $1,439,763 for a profit of $15,687, according to information received Monday by the News Sentinel through a public records request.
Tennessee defeated Northwestern 45-6 on Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla.
The profit is less than 10 percent of the $164,811 the Vols made for playing in the TaxSlayer Bowl after the 2014 season. The Vols took in $1,418,880 and spent $1,254,069 for the Jacksonville bowl game on Jan. 2, 2015. They defeated Iowa 45-28 in that game.
The per-team payout for the Outback Bowl was $3.05 million according to Tennessee athletics spokesman Ryan Robinson. However, that money goes directly to the SEC and is combined with television revenue, conference championship revenue and NCAA tournament money to make up the conference’s annual equal payout to each of its member schools. Each school was reportedly given $31.2 million last year, and that number is expected to be higher in 2016.
The SEC gave Tennessee $1,275,000 of bowl participant distribution and $133,800 in travel allowance for the Outback Bowl. Tennessee made $46,650 in ticket fee income. The Vols were given the same participant distribution and $109,600 in travel allowance for the TaxSlayer Bowl. They made $34,280 in ticket fee income from that game.
Tennessee spent $322,303 in transportation, $238,854 in lodging and $235,250 in meals for the Outback Bowl. Each of those budget lines was about $30,000 more than the TaxSlayer Bowl.
The Vols also spent $105,300 in tickets for the player guest list and the team’s travel party and $46,966 in shipping and processing for those tickets. They spent $132,177 on tickets and shipping and processing for the TaxSlayer Bowl. Those additional expenses account for much of the difference in profit.
The Vols had $92,142 in bowl-related expenditures before they went to Tampa. That included $70,670 in meals and per diem, $7,982 in mileage costs for players, who went home during a brief break in practice between Dec. 20 and their return to Knoxville on Dec. 25, and $13,400 in other expenses including local buses that took them to team events.
The team spent $99,685 on “equipment, apparel and awards,” $19,089 on events and $9,837 on security in Tampa. Equipment, apparel and awards would include any Outback Bowl gear for the players and any team gifts, including championship rings. The team had $43,263 in “Other” expenses at the bowl game, including use of a practice site and laundry services.
Tennessee spirit squads cost $20,461 to travel. The sports medicine team cost $8,598 and marketing cost $330. The Pride of the Southland Band cost a total of $191,247 to transport, lodge and feed.
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