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 Las Vegas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN. The first game was played in 1992.
2010 participants: Boise State and Utah.
Boise State expenses: The Broncos had an unusual expense. The team spent $743 on baby sitter services. Boise reportedly absorbed 3,059 tickets at a cost of $168,245. Total claimed expenses were $585,603. Download Boise State Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Gene Bleymaier gave the location of seats for Bronco fans a "neutral" rating. He also wrote that the "hotel was great in every area except meal price. The meal prices were outragous [sic]. It would have been helpful to have had a little more information with regards to what individuals were being 'comped' at a function so that we didn't include them in the ticket count of our allotment for an event." Download Boise State Survey
Under awards, he wrote: "The awards are from a 'Gift Suite' where people chose what gifts they want. This is great except this year it is taking to [sic] long to get some gifts. We have not yet received all the gifts (2/22/11)."
Utah expenses: The Utes reported absorbing 3,320 tickets for a cost of $182,600. Total claimed expenses: $772,709. The school did not report receiving an expense allowance from the Mountain West Conference to the NCAA, but later gave The Wiz of Odds a "ballpark figure" of $486,000. Download Utah Expenses
Survey: Utah did not complete a survey.