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Thursday, December 13, 2012

National Championship Swag for the Irish

Let’s talk swag.  The kind the Irish football players, staff and coaches will receive from the BCS Championship Game.  We did this drill before; it’s always interesting to see what goodies the players will receive.  Read Here concerning what we posted on last years Swag.  If you want to read the whole article from where we plagiarized this year, click Here.
First the NCAA rules:

The NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. Schools can, and almost always do, buy additional packages that they can distribute to participants beyond that 125 limit. In addition, participants can receive awards worth up to $400 from the school and up to $400 from the conference for postseason play, covering both conference title games and any bowl game.  Don't know if or how Notre Dame uses the $400 award category since they are independent and would have to pony up the $$$ instead of it coming from conference coffers.

We here at the Station think that the NCAA should increase the $550 to $750 to take into consideration inflation and the pending fiscal cliff.  It was $550 last year as well.

Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit.

The Folks at the Discover BCS Championsip Game have opted for providing a Gift Suite visit and a Tourneau Watch.  Not sure the practicility of a watch since everyone over the age of ten carries a cell phone.  The value of the watch subracted from the $550 gives you the amount of the shopping spree in the gift store.

We have tracked this for a number of years and the Bowls are leaning more and more toward Gift Suites. 

Gift                                          Bowls
Fossil Watch                            19

Gift Suite/Shopping Trip          16
Oakley Product                        8

Timely Watch                          8
Gift Card                                 5

New Era Cap                           4
Tourneau Watch                      4

Go Irish.  Grab the Swag.

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