The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The Alamo Bowl, played in San Antonio, is operated by the nonprofit San Antonio Bowl Association Inc. The first game was played in 1993.
2010 participants: Arizona and Oklahoma State.
Arizona report: Total expenses reportedly were $1.42 million with the biggest chunk ($552,375 or 38.6 percent) coming from 6,424 absorbed tickets. Other expenses included Federal Express ($2,410) and credit card fees ($2,392). Download Arizona Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Greg Byrne rated his level of satisfaction as "neutral" when answering if his institution — the team and university officials — received an adequate amount of complimentary tickets to social events.
When asked what areas needed improvement, he wrote, "The band rental field was a bit pricey and given the timing, probably unnecessary." Download Arizona Survey
Oklahoma State expenses: The Cowboys reported 3,505 tickets absorbed at a cost of $248,075. Total reported expenses were $1.38 million. An unusually high $344,793 was reported for administrative costs. Download Oklahoma State Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Mike Holder indicated he was "dissatisfied" with the location of Alamodome seats for Cowboy fans. "Hard to sell tickets to fans when they can get a much better location on the Internet," he wrote.
Holder was also "dissatisfied" on the number of complimentary tickets to social events.
Regarding areas of improvement, he wrote: "Bowl needs to provide hospitality room and games for student athletes and coaches. There was too long of a cooling off period for the team before kickoff." Download Oklahoma State Survey