Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson has spoken repeatedly about his conference’s “addiction” to the money game.
He’s trumpeted the value of more balanced scheduling, where Sun Belt programs play “peer conference” schools, meaning those from the “Group of Five,” namely the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American and Mountain West.
Yet, there is little doubt about the importance of guaranteed games when it comes to the budgets of Sun Belt schools.
During the 2015 fiscal year alone, Texas State’s football team generated $2.52 million in revenue, but $1.06 million of that came from guaranteed games, or about 42 percent.
The Bobcats have kept that sort of revenue stream alive for at least the next four seasons. Through a Freedom of Information request, the Daily Record obtained the football contracts for Texas State’s guarantee games against Arkansas on Sept. 17, Colorado in 2017, Rutgers in 2018 and Texas A&M in 2019.