Report: UConn Loses Just Under $1.8 Million in Fiesta Bowl Trip

When the University of Connecticut squared off with the University of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, not only did the Huskies come away with an ugly 48-20 loss, they came away with a considerable financial deficit.

According to UConn's school newspaper, The Daily Campus, the school lost nearly $1.8 million for its Fiesta Bowl trip this season.

The paper obtained bowl-related documents that revealed that the school's total expenses for participating in the game equaled $4,280,998. Conversely, UConn received a payout of only $2,523,200.

Not surprisingly, though, the biggest reason for the deficit was reportedly ticket-related. The Huskies scrambled to try to sell their alotment of 17,500 game tickets, a number they fell well short of. Of those tickets, the university sold just 2,771. They then had to make up for that huge difference to the tune of just under $3 million.

That figure contributed to most of the expenses, a number that was high when compared to past bowls. According to The Daily Campus, the largest loss for a bowl team was absorbed by Virginia Tech following the 2009 Orange Bowl. The Hokies lost $2.2 million, on the back of $3.8 million in expenses. UConn, meanwhile, lost nearly as much money after totaling nearly $4.3 million.

While the figures don't factor in bonuses for the coaching staff or athletic department, it also doesn't take into account merchandise or sponsorship money.

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