Counterintuitive: WVU to net 500k from playing James Madison in D.C.

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Under normal circumstances, a post about West Virginia playing James Madison at a neutral site in Washington D.C. might induce more than just a few yawns.

Actually, under all circumstances it would. But, it’s 7:30 a.m. and here we are.

The Mountaineers will play the Dukes on Sept. 15, 2012 at FedEx field, a game that has been in the talks for at least some time. However, WVU is guaranteed to get $2.3 million from the match, which would net the program $500,000 more than if they played a seventh home game at Mountaineer Field as a result of no ticket purchase requirements by WVU, no game or stadium operations expenses and relatively minimal travel costs.

WVU athletic director Oliver Luck offered the following statement:

“With the ever-changing world of college football and with BIG EAST expansion, it is not a given that we will be able to schedule seven home games every year. This game gives us a chance to make significant revenue over and above a typical home game, while keeping expenses at a minimum.”