By David Purdum / For the AJC
It’s no secret that the state of Georgia likes high school football more than basketball. The million-dollar gap in the amount of revenue generated by the two sports’ postseasons, though, is quite stunning.
The gross receipts for last season’s state basketball tournament were $389,003, according to numbers provided by the GHSA. Gross receipts for last season’s football playoffs — $1,352,673. Despite having only half as many games as the basketball tournament, the football playoffs generate more than three times the amount of revenue.
There are 14 state championship basketball games (girls and boys) held over three days. Last season those games generated $185,580 in gross revenue. With the addition of AAAAAA and public/private split of Class A, there were seven state championship football games at the Georgia Dome last year. Those seven games generated $757,593 in gross receipts.
Does that mean football is just that popular in Georgia? Or is basketball just that unpopular?
Without comparing the revenue splits between the two sports to other states, it’s difficult to make an accurate assumption. And, since that’s not happening on state championship week, I thought I’d throw it out for discussion to the people most passionate about it.
Why do you like football better than basketball? Please feel free to share why it’s the other way around for you.
–If interested in more of the financial numbers behind the state championship games, this story is for you.
–Enjoyed this piece from Corey Cusick of the Times-Georgian on what it’s like to know you’re preparing to play your last high school football game.
–Have interview requests in for Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague and Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney. Question suggestions are welcome.