Boise State's Big Mountain West Payout 

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It's not a bowl game—it's not even a conference championship—but the Friday, Sept. 4 kickoff of another Boise State University football season will be one of the most anticipated sports events of 2015. Single tickets to the game against the University of Washington, which will feature the return of Chris Petersen, who left the Broncos to join the Huskies as head coach in 2013, were sold out in two days. The single tickets had only been offered to existing season-ticket holders.

Meanwhile, anyone doubting that the big business of college football is indeed a business should note that officials with the Mountain West Conference will be cutting a check for more than $9 million to Boise State as part of its 2014 season revenue distribution. Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson told the Idaho Statesman that Boise State is in line to receive $5.3 million—the largest slice of the revenue pie—plus an additional $4.1 million for the Broncos' appearance in the Dec. 31 Fiesta Bowl. 

The new college football playoff system is very generous to the Mountain West. Last year, the conference distributed $29 million and this year's distribution tops $47 million.

Conference officials announced earlier this week that since 2004, only the SEC powerhouse conference had a better winning percentage that the MWC in bowl games.
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