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NCAA Football National Championship Game, By The Numbers

NCAA Football National Championship Game, By The Numbers

Monday night's NCAA College Football Championship game in Dallas, Texas, between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks promises to be a high-scoring affair. Here's a look at some of the numbers that you won't find on the scoreboard.

$1 million for 30 seconds

The price of one 30-second ad spot on ESPN during the game can cost advertisers up to $1 million. Ad prices for the game are 20 to 30 percent higher than prices for the 2014 college football title game. The first round of the new college football playoff system drew record ratings on New Year's Day, and ESPN is making advertisers dish out big money for all those eyeballs.

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Despite the boost, ad rates for Monday night's big game are nowhere near the $4 million rate for 30 seconds of Super Bowl air time or even the $1.5 million for 30 seconds of prime-time air during the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.


Ticket prices to the game have fallen as low as $340 after dropping 37 percent last week on ScoreBig. For fans that prefer standing to cheer on their team, standing-room only tickets are selling for as low as $115 on StubHub after going on sale for $200 last Thursday.

$6 million bonus

Ohio State and Oregon, along with eliminated semi-finalists Florida State and Alabama, each earned their respective conferences $6 million by achieving a spot in college football's first ever playoff. College football conferences earn big money during bowl season. This year, the "Power Five" football conferences earned a $50 million base payment plus bonus payouts for schools that qualify for bowls with additional payouts. This year, the SEC topped all other conferences by earning $87.5 million in bowl bonus money, most of which will be split equally among the conferences schools.

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