Michigan Getting $6 Million To Play Gators

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (CBSMiami) – The Florida Gators don’t play out of the state in out of conference games often, but for the 2017 season opener, Florida’s opponent will be getting a large payday.

The Gators are scheduled to play the Michigan Wolverines in the 2017 season opener and a contract for the game released Friday showed the Wolverines will receive a $6 million participation fee from ESPN for the game.

The contract is dated Dec. 14, 2013, and it includes language that says if Florida is provided a greater financial guarantee than Michigan’s participation, Michigan can receive additional consideration until its guarantee equals Florida’s.

It will be Florida’s first regular-season, non-conference game outside the Sunshine State since the Gators lost at Syracuse in 1991.

This game will be played at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Michigan played in 2012 Cowboys Classic, losing 41-14 to Alabama.

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