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UCF reaped large financial benefit from 2017 perfect season

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Brett Davis- USA Today Sports

It should come as no surprise that the UCF athletic department, and football program in specific, raked in the revenue for their magical 2017 unbeaten the season. And now, we have some specifics on just how much green came in for the Black and Gold, now two seasons ago.

Responding to a public records request from the Orlando Sentinel, UCF made its financial data for the 2017 fiscal year available, including their 13-0 Peach Bowl winning football season.

Some very interesting it details in the Sentinel report included that the Knights brought in $5.6 million in  overall ticket revenue in all sports. That was up 20% from the year before and then coach Scott Frost’s football program being responsible for $4.6 million of it.

Led by star quarterback McKenzie Milton, the Knights finished an unbeaten regular season and then, defeated the Memphis Tigers in a thrilling double overtime win to clinch the American Conference Championship.

That victory punched the Knights ticket for a “New Years Six” bowl game against the Auburn Tigers, which brought in $5.2 million. That was a massive jump of just over $4.5 million more than the previous year, when the Knights played in the Cure Bowl in December of 2016.

UCF went ahead and stunned their SEC opponent on New Year’s Day in Atlanta. And, they later agitated many, including BCS Champion Alabama, by claiming themselves to be the only undefeated team in FBS football and therefore, “the 2017 National Champions.” Athletic director Danny White had that signage put on Spectrum Stadium, and the team also ceremonially raised a National Champions flag that still flies at the stadium, as well.

Another area which naturally would see increase was donor donations. This as, the football program increased by $1 million to $7.5 million in private and corporate direct donations for fiscal 2017 according to the documents reviewed by the paper.

You also cannot put a tangible price tag on the amount of free national media coverage and notoriety that UCF’s 2017 season brought the school. This would also be a positive for general student enrollment, interest in the football program/recruiting and enthusing the Orlando area to embrace the school.

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