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Northern Iowa Could Feel The Squeeze
09-20-2010 01:46 AM
Saturday starts an eight-year period during which Northern Iowa will receive at least $3.15 million to play football games at Iowa State and Iowa.
How long the Panthers’ sugar daddies continue doling out appearance money is as uncertain as what team forces the next conference realignment domino to fall.
It’s not only Northern Iowa, which plays at 6 p.m. Saturday at 1-2 Iowa State, watching big-boy landscapes these days. So are officials at Ball State, many of whom will be in Iowa City for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against the 2-1 Hawkeyes.
Those two schools will earn a combined $1.1 million for playing in Iowa on Saturday, but future big payouts like that depend on who’s playing who once the conference shuffle is complete.
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