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TALLAHASSEE -- Idaho is playing a game of high risk, high reward when it meets Florida State inside Doak Campbell Stadium next November. The Vandals will be making nearly $1 million from the Seminoles for playing the non-conference game, but if they decide to cancel, it could cost their program much more.
In response to a public records request filed by the Orlando Sentinel and other news agencies, FSU on Thursday released its game contract for the recently announced Nov. 23, 2013 game between the Seminoles and Vandals.
According to the document, Idaho will receive $950,000 from FSU for making the trip across the country. That figure matches one that was floated back in October by Idaho's athletics director Rob Spear.
FSU has until Feb. 15, 2014 to pay Idaho.
That wasn't the only high dollar figure in the contract. With respect to a potential cancellation, both parties agreed upon a buyout fee of $1 million to cover liquidated damages.
At this point, however, that amount is a moot. The contract also stipulates that if either party were to cancel within 12 months prior to the game being played that they instead would owe the other $2 million.
Since the game will be played in nearly 11 months, the window on the $1 million buyout fee has passed.
The issue of buyout fees has been important for FSU in the past year after West Virginia last January dodged the Seminoles' previously scheduled 2012 and 2013 meetings in Tallahassee and Morgantown, W.V. The schools ultimately settled upon $500,000 in damages to be paid to FSU, even though the cancellation came within the 12-month period before the Sept. 2012 game and caused all kinds of headaches for FSU personnel charged with finding a last-minute replacement.
FSU's game with Idaho had been officially announced by both schools last week, and rounds the Seminoles' non-conference schedule next season. They also play Wofford, Nevada and Florida in non-conference games.
The Idaho game occurs the week before the Seminoles travel to Gainesville to play their rival Gators.
Officials from the ACC also will be used, according to the game contract. Idaho will have 5,000 tickets to sell specifically to its fans.
On Wednesday, ESPN announced that FSU and Oklahoma State were slated to play in the 2014 Cowboys Classic in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. A request for that game contract has been made, but it has not yet been processed by FSU.
Ummmmmm old news and not only school to you play teams like this....
Except you guys do it all the time....look at our future ooc games and look at yours.......
Define all the time.... go back and look throughout FSU history and tell me if you can truly say all the time...
You can't defend this bro, look at your future schedule
Wofford, Nevada, The Citadel, Idaho, Texas State, Tenn Chattanooga, I rest my case but you'll find a way to defend this so go ahead
He said all time as in every single year FSU has played. Yet history suggest otherwise. It isn't defending anything.
And as I said FSU isn't the only one who has done this or does this. UM is no exception.
This post was edited by FSUgoNoles24 16 months ago
LOOL we played ND, KSU, USF and Bethune-Cookman this yr so that's not true.
And Miami is never scared of competition, look at our history.
Heck even Florida refused us to play every yr.
Our future schedule: USF, UF, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Cincinnati. We're never scared of completion
Come on BCC is now considered a good team... I am talking of every team plays a crap team. No exceptions. Look at FSU history as well, they have gone out and played the big OCC games as well.
Would you disagree?
i wont even rip fsu much everybody plays sorry ass teams hell if we talk about fsu then we should murder florida but if fsu doesn't win at least 9 games every year then we gotta rip fsu to death with that sorry ass schedule
SEC teams do it all the time.
Unlike FSU the SEC teams aren't in a crappy conference so they could get away with scheduling crappy OOC games.
The sec really wasn't good at all this year imo..their teams seemed weak, but of course who else will play in a nc game?
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by CaneFanWNY 16 months ago
It's still the best conference.
FSU was supposed to play west Virginia which would have been a bit match up. Its not FSU fault wvu chickend out
University of Miami Class of 2013
It's their fault they didn't get a better replacement.
Boise state offered to play them but Boise wanted a home game in return and FSU turned them down...
Of course they will be in the NC game in order to be the best you have to beat the best. I bet you a one loss SEC team would of jumped Kansas state or nd if ks didn’t lose. I was actually hoping that happened to Nd to force them to join a conference and have a conference championship game. Miami, fsu and usc only teams who really have a chance of beating the sec when their on top. imo
It sucks for the fans but this is a money decision plain and simple. Despite paying about a million for the game FSU will still make a profit on the game which will allow us to have 7 home games. Boise is a crap school in a crap conference that doesn't deserve a home and home game with a major school. In the early 80s FSU played several teams away with no return games (Neb, Mich, etc.) why does Boise think they are too good for this? Btw there are rumors that FSU is trying to set up a home and home with LSU.
I won't knock FSU on this. We all play cupcakes. It can be 1 or 2 of them. It helps boost confidence to the team and of course pad the record. We have Savannah St next season not giving us much room to talk.
You must not understand the scheduling process and how the schedules are set YEARS in advance (not months or weeks).
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