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And the Band Played On
Farrell Evans
January 17, 2005
The Florida A&M football team has to make a lot of big plays to outshine the halftime show by the Marching 100, the school band famed for its musicianship and dance moves. Hoping to spur interest in the football program and boost road attendance, the athletic department spent some $500,000 to send the band, now 300 strong, to six games in '04. But even the music went sour for the Rattlers. At both Temple and Tulane, the school turned down a $250,000 payout for a $150,000 guarantee plus a share of gate receipts beyond a specified attendance. But the turnout was poor at both games. In Philadelphia, for instance, the Rattlers were not only trounced 38--7 but also took a financial beating when only 17,000 showed up on a rainy Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Rather than a big payday, Florida A&M ended up losing nearly $28,000 on the trip. --F.E.
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January 17, 2005

And The Band Played On

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The Florida A&M football team has to make a lot of big plays to outshine the halftime show by the Marching 100, the school band famed for its musicianship and dance moves. Hoping to spur interest in the football program and boost road attendance, the athletic department spent some $500,000 to send the band, now 300 strong, to six games in '04. But even the music went sour for the Rattlers. At both Temple and Tulane, the school turned down a $250,000 payout for a $150,000 guarantee plus a share of gate receipts beyond a specified attendance. But the turnout was poor at both games. In Philadelphia, for instance, the Rattlers were not only trounced 38--7 but also took a financial beating when only 17,000 showed up on a rainy Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Rather than a big payday, Florida A&M ended up losing nearly $28,000 on the trip. --F.E.

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