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Bobcats: End ‘Money Games’?

An associate athletic director at Montana State says the school's newly remodeled football stadium could mean the end of so-called "money games." The Bobcats have played opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision in each of the past 12 years and the team will receive a $375,000 guarantee for its game against Utah on Thursday night. But senior associate athletic director Dan Davies tells the Great Falls Tribune ( that because MSU's stadium now has a capacity of more than 17,000, the school should be able to make enough money to play another home game they can win rather than risking a road loss for the payout. The Bobcats have beaten only one FBS team since 2000, a 19-10 upset at Colorado in 2005/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Should smaller colleges like Montana, Montana State, Eastern Washington, & Idaho end "money games," in which they receive a big payday to serve as practice fodder for major college teams?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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