FSU reportedly getting $3.5 million payday for 2016 Orlando game

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When teams play neutral site games, there are generally some fat checks cut to each school. This will certainly be the case when Florida State and Ole Miss meet in the 2016 season opener in Orlando. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Florida State will be paid $3.5 million to play in the game. Details on how much Ole Miss will receive to appear in the game have not been reported.

Big pay days are nothing new for neutral site games in college football. Just this season Alabama and West Virginia split $6.4 million to play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. Ole Miss and Boise State split $3.1 million for the same event a couple of days earlier.The Cowboys Classic has offered even bigger payouts for each school playing in the game. In 2012 Alabama and Michigan each received $4.7 million. The previous year LSU was paid $3.5 million and Oregon received $2 million to play in the game. The Florida Gators are expected to receive $6 million to play in the 2017 Cowboys Classic, against Michigan.

Florida State and Ole Miss will open the 2016 season on September 5, 2016 in the renovated Citrus Bowl. The game is the start of a new effort to create more big time college football match-ups in the city of Orlando, as the city hopes to raise the bar and perhaps one day secure a College Football Playoff game. One of the biggest complaints about the Citrus Bowl Stadium has been it inability to age well over time, and the playing surface. The city of Orlando is investing big in the future of college football in the land of Mickey Mouse and in the shadows of Hogwarts Castle. There is a good history of college football, and it is good to see a commitment to its future as well.