Reviewing The 2014-15 Bowl Season: Highest Bowl Game Prices, Attendances, And TV Ratings

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Thanks to my friends at TicketCity.com, we can review the business and financial highlights of the 2014-15 bowl season.

The highest median sale price belonged to the championship game between Ohio State and Oregon.  The game produced a median sales price of $623, which was 116% higher than the next closest game (Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Ohio State, which fetched a median sales price of $288).

The highest attendance took place at the Rose Bowl between Florida State and Oregon, which drew 91,322.  This was 106% higher than the average attendance across all games (44,372).

The championship game also produced the highest TV ratings, with an estimated 33,395,000 viewers.  Comparatively, the average number of viewers for a bowl game was 5,996,579.  Hence, the championship game had 457% more viewers than the average.

Other interesting bowl notes:

- Secondary prices for Sugar Bowl tickets sold for 47% more than Rose Bowl tickets.

- The Bahamas Bowl between Western Kentucky and Central Michigan had no sales on the secondary market.

- The Holiday Bowl featuring Nebraska v USC came in 4th for Median Sale Price, with the Pinstripe Bowl between Boston College and Penn State closely behind in 5th.

Rank Title Med. Price Attendance TV Ratings Viewers
1 College Football Playoff National Championship $623 85,689 18.9 33,395,000
2 Sugar Bowl – Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide $288 74,682 15.2 28,271,000
3 Rose Bowl – Florida State Seminoles vs Oregon Ducks $196 91,322 14.8 28,164,000
4 Holiday Bowl (Nebraska vs USC) $129 55,789 4.0 6,800,000
5 Pinstripe Bowl (Boston College vs Penn State) $119 49,012 2.4 3,960,000
6 Cotton Bowl  (Michigan State vs Baylor) $115 71,465 5.2 9,090,000
7 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl  (Ole Miss vs TCU) $111 65,706 3.4 5,010,000
8 Belk Bowl (Georgia vs Louisville) $100 45,671 3.8 6,410,000
9 Outback Bowl  (Wisconsin vs Auburn) $100 44,023 3.8 6,420,000
10 Las Vegas Bowl (Utah vs Colorado State) $91 33,067 1.4 2,120,000
11 Fiesta Bowl (Boise State vs Arizona) $90 66,896 4.6 7,410,000
12 AdvoCare Texas Bowl (Arkansas vs Texas) $90 71,115 3.4 5,760,000
13 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl  (Iowa vs Tennessee) $82 56,310 2.6 4,110,000
14 Birmingham Bowl  (East Carolina vs Florida) $81 30,083 3.0 4,480,000
15 Military Bowl (Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech) $74 34,277 1.8 2,920,000
16 Liberty Bowl (Texas AM vs West Virginia) $72 51,282 2.2 3,300,000
17 Poinsettia Bowl (Navy vs San Diego State) $63 33,077 1.6 2,460,000
18 New Orleans Bowl (Louisiana Lafayette vs Nevada) $62 34,014 1.6 2,250,000
19 Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (NC State vs UCF) $62 26,675 2.0 3,270,000
20 Armed Forces Bowl  (Houston vs Pittsburgh) $60 37,888 1.5 2,110,000
21 Boca Raton Bowl (Marshall vs Northern Illinois) $60 29,419 1.4 2,250,000
22 Music City Bowl  (Notre Dame vs LSU) $55 60,419 3.4 5,320,000
23 Independence Bowl (Miami vs South Carolina) $55 38,242 2.5 4,110,000
24 Foster Farms Bowl (Maryland vs Stanford) $55 34,780 2.1 3,240,000
25 Miami Beach Bowl (BYU vs TBD) $50 20,761 0.9 1,320,000
26 Alamo Bowl  (Kansas State vs UCLA) $49 60,517 3.4 5,600,000
27 Sun Bowl (Arizona State vs Duke) $48 47,809 2.6
28 Quick Lane Bowl (Rutgers vs North Carolina) $45 23,876 1.8 2,870,000
29 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl  (MIssouri vs Minnesota) $43 48,624 3.6 5,980,000
30 Russell Athletic Bowl (Oklahoma vs Clemson) $40 40,071 3.0 4,900,000
31 Heart of Dallas Bowl (Illinois vs Louisiana Tech) $40 31,297 1.5 2,340,000
32 New Mexico Bowl (Utah State vs. UTEP) $40 28,725 1.3 1,920,000
33 GoDaddy.com Bowl  (Arkansas State vs Toledo) $33 36,811 0.9 1,370,000
34 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Fresno State vs Rice) $30 25,365 1.3 1,910,000
35 TicketCity Cactus Bowl  (Washington vs Oklahoma State) $29 35,409 2.4 4,030,000
36 Orange Bowl  (Mississippi State vs Georgia Tech) $27 58,211 5.0 8,940,000
37 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Western Michigan vs Air Force) $22 18,223 0.9 1,450,000
38 Camellia Bowl (South Alabama vs Bowling Green) $20 20,256 0.7 1,110,000
39 Bahamas Bowl $0 13,667 1.1 1,500,000
AVERAGE $86 44,372 3.5 5,996,579
MEDIAN $60 38,242 2.4 3,995,000

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Dr. Rishe is an Economics Professor at the Walker School of Business at Webster University in St. Louis MO and CEO of Sportsimpacts.  For the 2014-15 academic year, he is a Visiting Economics Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Follow him on Twitter.

The highest median sale price belonged to the championship game between Ohio State and Oregon.  The game produced a median sales price of $623, which was 116% higher than the next closest game (Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Ohio State, which fetched a median sales price of $288).

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