Georgia-Florida contract still in works

More than seven months after the decision was made to keep the Georgia-Florida football game in Jacksonville through 2016, a new contract still isn’t signed.

But it will get done, probably this summer, according to Georgia executive associate athletics director Frank Crumley.

“We’re moving along very nicely,” he said. “We’ve got every hurdle worked out and are coming up with a [contract] draft to distribute to all parties.”

He said the delay was caused by making the three-way contract more comprehensive than in the past and dealing with “some very small issues … in the scheme of things.”

There’s been no big hurry since this year’s Georgia-Florida game is covered by the previous contract. The major components of the new deal -– length (six years) and economics –- are unchanged from what was reported last fall, Crumley said. As previously reported, Jacksonville will pay for the Georgia team to fly directly from Athens, and back.

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This is the time of year that the NCAA typically releases its Academic Performance Rate (APR) statistics –- a measure that can result in loss of scholarships for programs that are under-performing academically.

I checked with the NCAA and was told this year’s release date isn’t set yet, but will be within the next month or so.

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Georgia’s brutal baseball season is winding down. There’s a game tonight at Foley Field against Georgia State, then SEC series at Florida this weekend and vs. Kentucky in Athens next week.

Georgia enters tonight’s game with a 13-33 record (3-19 SEC) and an 8.80 staff ERA. The Bulldogs have lost their past four games, eight of their past 10 and 17 of their past 20.

Georgia State will bring a 29-18-1 record and a .367 team batting average to Athens tonight. The Panthers have scored an average of 11.3 runs per game this season.

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Paul (you doesn't have to call me Johnson)

May 11th, 2010
11:16 am

The Georgia/Florida game should be in Atlanta every other year.

thank god

May 11th, 2010
11:29 am

what happened to baseball this year?

Mike

May 11th, 2010
11:29 am

The many, many thousands of fans that travel to Jax each year want the game to remain in Jacksonville. I am one of them. The largest Bulldog Club in the country is in Jacksonville and this is why Vince Dooley retired at the Gator Bowl. There is plenty of support. Florida has more experience playing in Atlanta than Georgia does, so no advantage. Florida fans travel well.

Let’s move the Tech game to the first of the year, not the last and play it as the Chick-fil-A season opener each year. The game would have more meaning, be an even greater rivalry, have national TV interest (as opposed to some cupcake that may not be televised at all), will stop other out of state teams from using this game as a venue to steal our in-state players, and will not knock Tech or Georgia out of a BCS Bowl (first game losses don’t hurt as much), thereby keeping a Georgia team in the national picture. Plus, it would just be more fun to talk about over the summer.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 11th, 2010
11:39 am

good points mike, although i wouldn’t mind rotating J’Ville and ATL.

[...] this season because of a tumultuous offseason.11.  Here’s hoping Florida and Georgia reps soon sign that new contract with the city of Jacksonville… because I don’t want to hear about that story all summer [...]

Rufino Linares

May 11th, 2010
11:41 am

Maybe the UGA Athletic Association is finally getting a clue that the UGA-UF game needs to be taken out of Jacksonville. I prefer a home-and-home, but at the very LEAST it should rotate between Jacksonville and Atlanta. Playing it in Jacksonville amounts to UF getting a home game to face UGA every single season. How can that be fair?

db

May 11th, 2010
11:49 am

why not athens and gainsville?

Jim

May 11th, 2010
11:53 am

Nobody complained about the Ga-Fla game being in Jacksonville in the late ’70s early ’80s.

TraditionSure?

May 11th, 2010
11:56 am

A tradition of UGA losing the last 20 years. I say keep it in Jacksonville that way we will never have to worry about UGA in the national hunt.

Dax

May 11th, 2010
11:58 am

“Nobody complained about the Ga-Fla game being in Jacksonville in the late ’70s early ’80s.” That’s because there was no internet to allow anonymous posting of random junk.

Bdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

Q:Why is it idiotic for UGA/FL to play in Jacksonville every year?
A: It’s in Florida

Simple enough answer for me. I travel to Jacksonville every year for the game and I am one of the MANY fans that think we should rotate, at minimum, Jacksonville and Atlanta. It’s simple economics: Jacksonville forks over an arm and a leg to keep it there every year.

Jon P

May 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

I am a UGA grad and fan…that being said, I’m sick and tired of reading about where the location of the UGA-UF game should be. It’s a special game and it belongs in Jacksonville. It should NEVER be in Atlanta. What does Atlanta have to offer that Jacksonville doesn’t? There is less to do in Atlanta than in Jacksonville (unless there is a beach in Atlanta that I don’t know about). The only acceptable alternative to the game being in Jacksonville every year would be to rotate the game between the respective campuses. Look at the Oklahoma/Texas game if you would like a similar game. That game is in Texas every year, but it’s special and I don’t hear anything about Oklahoma wanting to move it out of Dallas. Stop whining and enjoy the game the way that it is. 1 UGA victory is all that it takes to stop the complaining. Did anyone want to move the game after the 2007 game? I didn’t think so.

MississippiDawg

May 11th, 2010
12:04 pm

I grew up in J-Ville, but went to UGA…I can certainly remember when the FLA-GA game was truly a neutral game (70-80s in particular)… back when UGA was simply more competitive…its got nothing to do with geography and everything to do with Spurrier/Mayer. Its not a home game for UF if you only get half the tickets and you lose half the games – so therein lies the real problem for UGA – keep the game (and the tradition) in JAX but WIN MORE of the games.

MississippiDawg

May 11th, 2010
12:11 pm

SO B-Dawg – let me get this straight. Instead of your annual tradition of going to St Simons, St Augustine or Ponte Vedra, you’d rather drive down the connector to the GA DOME, tailgate at the Varsity…and still get our butts kicked?

Zack Mettenberger: Party Animal

May 11th, 2010
12:13 pm

Who cares !!!

UGAy hasn’t beat them in a million years.

UGADAWGZ

May 11th, 2010
12:14 pm

KEEP IT IN JACKSONVILLE!
it’s tradition

Bdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:14 pm

Mark Richt himself said Florida has an advantage with the game being in JAX due to the shorter commute (they don’t fly, the drive is the same as our drive to the airport) and warmer weather they practice in. Just because UGA has won there before doesn’t mean FL doesn’t have an advantage. Jacksonville is the armpit of Florida, the assertion that “there’s more to do” in Jacksonville than Atlanta is laughable. Give me a break.

Bdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:16 pm

MississippiDawg-Hell no, but I’d suggest that midtown Atlanta or Buckhead are better places than the Landing to tip back a few. I don’t think I’ve ever been down there without my girl getting her butt grabbed multiple times. I understand tradition and I’m a UGA grad and fan, but I’ve had some crappy experiences there. Love the game and UGA, but Jacksonville sucks.

cantondawg

May 11th, 2010
12:17 pm

The neutral site in Jax is what makes this game special. It’s the WLOCP. If it moves to home and home then alot of luster is this game will be lost. People get excited about going to that game and it’s something that people plan their vacations on. I don’t want to see this tradition spoiled. All we need to do is win a few of these games and everything will be fine again. There’s nothing more special than winning this game is Jax. Unfortunately, there’s nothing more disappointing than losing this game.

Carlos

May 11th, 2010
12:25 pm

What most people don’t realize is that all the Jaguars premium seating ticket holders (club level and luxury suites), keep their seats for the FL-UGA game and guess what?, all are Gator fans; thus giving the Gators a feel for home field advantage. I shared a luxury suite there for a few years and was the only UGA fan!

WTF

May 11th, 2010
12:28 pm

Hey Bdawg, St. Simons, Jacksonville Beach, Amelia Island, Sea Island all offer much more that Buckhead or midtown. It’s a great tradition and most Georgia fans enjoy the vacation, golf and partying. Wonder why nobody complained when Dooley went 17-7-1 against the lizzards, including beating them the year Spurrier won his Heisman?

ATL-Gator

May 11th, 2010
12:28 pm

bdawg,

I grew up in Orlando, and Atlanta has been my adopted city for about 10 years now, you could not be more right. In general Jacksonville doesnt even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Atlanta. One is an international city that has hosted the most prestigious sporting events in the world, is the economic engine of the region, is probably the 3rd city for the entertainment industry after LA and NYC, the top city for recent grads from anywhere in the country and a bustling metro area of nearly 6 million people with every world class accomodation that goes with it.

The other is a former regional business hub, voted the most depressed city in the country, has some of the highest violent crime rates in the WORLD, it is shunned by its own state, and its a 4th tier city at best. For those of you not from Florida you don’t realize the Jacksonville Landing is barely safe to drive by on any other weekend and locals will tell you, you just don’t go there. Any of you that have attended the Chick-fil-a kick off, SEC Championship, or Chick-fil-a bowl knows Atlanta can put on a college game as good as anywhere. That being said tradition is tradition but to say Jax is a better venue for this sort of thing than ATL just shows no knowledge of the facts. If you want to rotate it it should be Atlanta and Orlando so its two destination cities worth coming to. All you in Georgia like to complain about ATL but to the rest of the south it really is our NYC and the most cosmopolitan city in the region and I know at least in Florida they love any reason to make the drive up and spend a weekend here.

Mark Richt

May 11th, 2010
12:29 pm

If I can’t beat Meyer in Jax this year, then next year I’m gonna be coaching the game on my kid’s x-box.

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

May 11th, 2010
12:32 pm

The location doesn’t matter.

((((((((((((((((41-17)))))))))))))))

Carlos

May 11th, 2010
12:34 pm

Enter your comments here

ATL-Gator

May 11th, 2010
12:35 pm

Oh and also it is general consensus in Florida that the bad reps we get, jean shorts for example, comes from the fact that the game is played in JAX and all the North Florida mouth breathers come out for it and embarrass us. Its essentially the equivalent of UGA hosting the game in Valdosta or Dalton and having every hill person come down for an excuse to drink and stare at educated people.

Tenacious_B

May 11th, 2010
12:41 pm

Jacksonville estimates the annual economic impact to be between $25 million and $30 million. Tradition is nice and all, but it doesn’t put groceries on the table. Atlanta and the state of Georgia could certainly use that revenue, at least once every four years.

Also, the OK/TX comparison doesn’t hold water. Dallas is the mid-point between Norman and Austin. Both teams have to travel just as far.

Heat Mizer

May 11th, 2010
12:43 pm

Move it to Atlanta and play it at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It’s the only time that stadium would EVER be full and the panhandlers would walk away happy having been paid in jean shorts!

Bdawg

May 11th, 2010
12:47 pm

ATL-Gator, I think Heat Mizer just proved your point

Pago Pago Dawg

May 11th, 2010
12:47 pm

Oh yea…ATL is a great place to tailgate…if you’re armed.

Dillan Hatcher

May 11th, 2010
12:54 pm

Dont mess with tradition.

GEORGIA97

May 11th, 2010
12:56 pm

Paul: You’re an idiot. It’s called tradition.

Jim: Right on. We weren’t complaining when we were stomping a mud hole in UF’s rear end back in the day. The J’ville trip is always a blast.

Gillislee

May 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

The future doesn’t look good for the Dawgs in this game.

PTC DAWG

May 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

With Jax paying for the flights for UGA….it seems travel just got easier for my Dawgs..

Keep the game in Jax, UGA just needs better players… :)

bigguy

May 11th, 2010
1:02 pm

To bdawg (12:16) – Maybe people don’t know that your sister is also your girlfriend?

Urban Meyer

May 11th, 2010
1:04 pm

Life is so tough! Glad my players don’t have to face the problems I have to deal with. Being a multi-millionaire is so difficult! I just hope my players are tougher than I am! I will miss Timmy!! BooHoo!! Time to go lie by the pool! I hope my coaches do well while I rest!

Dawglasville

May 11th, 2010
1:05 pm

The Georgia/GA Tech basketball series has certainly changed since it moved to home and home. I think most Georgia fans would agree to try anything, short of fire Coach Richt, to stop the bleeding.

Paul (you doesn't have to call me Johnson)

May 11th, 2010
1:07 pm

ATL-Gator you are on the right track. Georgia/Florida would attract much more National attention in Atlanta than JAX. Both schools would benefit. The city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia would benefit.This game could rival Michigan/Ohio State or Texas/OU if played in Atlanta. It will never get much bigger if left exclusively in Jacksonville

Dawg 17/20

May 11th, 2010
1:08 pm

Hey Urban – thanks for the 2 BCS Titles. Richt won’t bring 1 to the Dawgs.

76-Dawg

May 11th, 2010
1:09 pm

Bdawg —– I’m with you on this debate. I graduated UGA in 1976 and the last time i went to Jacksonville , which was about 35 years ago i swore that i would never be back. All i ever remember about Jacksonville is a pulp mill smell and one of the dirtiest towns i have ever seen. My dad grew up in Lake City- Fort White Florida and i have 3 Aunts who lived in Jacksonville meaning i spent more of my time in Florida growing up than in Albany GA. where i was born. I have some great memories about visits to relatives and friends, all over Florida and the arm pit of Florida is Jacksonville. I don’t need the GA-FLA. game to book a golf trip to Tybee Island or Saint Augustine Florida for golf , partying or fishing.

Tom

May 11th, 2010
1:14 pm

the Georgia Executive Associate Athletics Director? what exactly does that position do? hmm

Jethro

May 11th, 2010
1:16 pm

Jacksonville is going to continue to be a heartbreak for Dawg fans.

Rivals Class of 2010 Team rankings :

Florida – 2,938 points

Georgia – 1,581 points

Chris

May 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

Zack Mettenberger: Party Animal – Who dumb are you? You said: “UGAy hasn’t beat them in a million years.”

Since when does 2 years (Win in 2007) = One million? with your lack of IQ, you must be an Obama supporter too!

MississippiDawg

May 11th, 2010
1:22 pm

AtlGator – why so insulting to JAX – beautiful RIver CIty with some of the Areas Best beaches…Mickey Town has the “Magic” but otherwise its a Hot Swamp…While neither has the incredible atmoshpere of Athens – both Atl and Jax (lived in both for 18 years) are great College football cities and for the record, I don’t think Jax ever wants to be ATL. ..as for being the only COSMO city in the South, I think the folks in Nashville and Charlotte might disagree. Dalton and Valdosta are likewise very nice towns…How many people were you tyring to insult/alienate with your recent posts?

dawg gone

May 11th, 2010
1:22 pm

They could play the game in China and the dawgs would get their butts kicked. Right now the dawgs are not on the same playing level with the Gators, period, end of conversation.

DawgFan

May 11th, 2010
1:24 pm

Jim,
Nobody complained about the game being in Jacksonville in the 70’s and 80’s because the sleeping giant had not been awake. UF has been a top 5 program since the 90’s and we don’t need to give them any other advantage. They are tough to beat on a “neutral” field so with the travel arrangements being vastly different for the two schools when the game is played in Jacksonville, that puts Georgia at a disadvantage. If there is no advantage for Florida playing the game in Jacksonville, then they should be more than willing to play the game in Atlanta as well.

Paul (you doesn't have to call me Johnson)

May 11th, 2010
1:26 pm

Having the Georgia/Florida game Jacksonville is like having the Texas/Oklahoma game in Lubbock.
The fans in Jacksonville are mostly NASCAR fans. The IQ level of both states goes up when Georgia plays Florida in Jacksonville

The Ol bawl Coach

May 11th, 2010
1:30 pm

I kind of liked it the 2 years in the 90’s we played home and home.

Really?

May 11th, 2010
1:31 pm

UF has a huge advantage. They have a 1 hour drive and UGA has a 1 hour flight. Huge advantage for UF. Really? There is no advantage here. The advantage that UF has is they have been the better team as of late. That is it!

SoCal Dawg

May 11th, 2010
1:35 pm

Really? This again?