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 Pinstripe Bowl is owned and operated by Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and the Steinbrenner family. The inaugural game was played this past season.
2010 participants: Kansas State and Syracuse.
Kansas State expenses: According to the report, the Wildcats were required to purchase only 3,486 tickets. The school reported selling all but 301 tickets at a cost of $35,155. The biggest expenses were transportation ($546,841) and lodging/meals ($618,840). Those two expenses accounted for 87.2 percent of expenses. Kansas State also listed practice site costs of $10,895. Download Kansas State Expenses
Survey: Athletic director John Currie graded conditions of the practice and playing field as "neutral." He gave the same rating to the proximity of the practice field and stadium to the team hotel.
"Institution initially had to find own practice facilities for the first two days in community," Currie wrote. "Bowl staff was helpful during weather issues. Anticipate that practice field arrangments [sic] will be more definitive going forward. Game field was in poor condition due to weather."
Currie gave a "neutral" rating when asked about the adequacy of information provided by the bowl.
"Bowl manual needs significant additional information," he wrote. "Many unanswered questions in first year but anticipate significant improvement for future."
Although he was "very satisfied" over the quality of gifts for athletes, coaches and staff, Currie noted, "We were unable to purchase additional watches and female watches were not provided." Download Kansas State Survey
Syracuse: The private school declined to offer its expense report or bowl survey to The Wiz of Odds.