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Gators to earn $6 million to play Michigan in 2017



Florida will be paid $6 million to play Michigan in a season-opening game at Cowboys Stadium, according to a contract obtained from the UAA.

The Gators and Wolverines will play on Sept. 2, 2017.

When announcced last month, the move was considered highly-unusual for Florida, which has maintained it needs seven home games for financial reason. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said at the time it was an opportunity the Gators couldn't pass up.

"You don't get these opportunities very often,'' Foley said. “Our schedule has been pretty consistent through the years. We were presented this opportunity and just thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace.

"It would give us great national visibility. Obviously, a very difficult bal lgame against a storied program - that excites us."

The amount the Gators will be played for the game is commensurate, but not equal to, what the Gators would be losing in a home game.

A group called Stadium Events Organizing Committee will pay ESPN $1 million for the right to host the game.

The Gators will be provided $25,000 tickets for sale to its fans, and alcohol will be sold at the game.


[Last modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 12:13pm]


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