IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa football will pay $6.25 million in guarantees over the next three years to nonconference football opponents, according to contracts obtained by Land of 10 via state open-records laws.
The Hawkeyes face three nonconference opponents each season, including Iowa State all three years. This year, Iowa will pay Wyoming $1 million and North Texas $900,000 to play at Kinnick Stadium. In 2018, the Hawkeyes will pay Northern Illinois $1 million and Northern Iowa $600,000 — Iowa’s final game scheduled against an FCS opponent.
In 2019, Iowa’s payments total $2.75 million for guarantee games against Miami of Ohio ($1.2 million) and Middle Tennessee State ($1.55 million).
The 2020 nonconference schedule currently includes two opponents: Northern Illinois ($1.1 million) and Iowa State.
Iowa’s contract with Iowa State runs annually through 2023, and the schools no longer pay guarantees to other another. Until 2012, the visiting team received 20 percent of the gate income. Iowa was at a disadvantage under that system, partly because Kinnick Stadium’s capacity at the time was 15,000 seats larger than at Jack Trice Stadium. Also, Iowa paid 20 percent strictly from its game with Iowa State. The Cyclones paid 20 percent of an average home gate.
From 2005 to 2012, Iowa paid Iowa State $2.371 million as part of the gate arrangement, while the Hawkeyes received $1.527 million. The contract’s terms changed in 2013 to allow each school to keep all of its gate revenue.
Iowa’s future nonconference schedules
|Sept. 2||Wyoming||$1 million|
|Sept. 9||Iowa State||none|
|Sept. 16||North Texas||$900,000|
|Sept. 1||Northern Illinois||$1 million|
|Sept. 8||Iowa State||none|
|Sept. 15||Northern Iowa||$600,000|
|Aug. 31||Miami of Ohio||$1.2 million|
|Sept. 14||Iowa State||none|
|Sept. 28||Middle Tennessee State||$1.55 million|