Questioning bowl finances

Re-examine money-losing trips by schools and tax exemptions for events

Updated: January 7, 2013, 11:28 AM ET
By Shaun Assael | ESPN.com

By the time the dust settles on tonight's matchup between Alabama and Notre Dame, 35 bowl games will have been played and, if the past is a guide, just about every team in them will have lost money.

We're told that this is money well spent. A bargain, really, when you think about all the free publicity schools get, the spikes in alumni donations and the once-in-a-lifetime memories players take home. Considering the fact that athletic departments squander millions in guaranteed ...

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