So-so bowl games

11/15/2012: Research by economist (and UO PhD grad) Brad Curs, report by Brad Wolverton in the Chronicle:

Participating in lower-tier bowls does little to drive enrollment but adds slightly to the bottom line, new research suggests, countering the notion that postseason football, outside of the highest-rated games, is a money drain. 

Bowl participation also does not lead to poorer classroom performance by players, a finding that contradicts previous studies, which found that athletes who put in extra practice hours during the postseason often did worse in their classes.

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