Posted: 6:31 pm Thursday, October 20th, 2011

ESPN game netted major cash for Glades Central, documents say 

By Jeff Greer

Updated on Friday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 p.m.

In a game billed as the biggest event in Palm Beach County football history, Glades Central made serious bank, documents obtained by the Post say.

Glades Central reeled in $23,898 in gate receipts from the Sept. 5 win over Dwyer that was broadcast on national television, roughly $300 more than Pahokee made at the gate for last year’s Muck Bowl. The Raiders beat Dwyer 24-10 on ESPN in front of a packed house. The game received a 0.4 viewer rating, with an average of 461,000 viewers.

Pre-sale tickets were $8 and walk-up tickets were $10. The massive gate receipt number is a little more than 63 percent of what Glades Central made in total gate receipts last season. Glades Central hosted five games in 2010, including a playoff win. It’s also more money than 11 schools made in gate receipts for the entire 2010 season.

Glades Central received $1,000 from ESPN and its marketing partner Paragon Marketing Group for hosting the event. Reached by phone Thursday, Glades Central Athletic Director Edwin James said he hadn’t received a bill for the security services the school used for the event, so he couldn’t estimate how much the Monday afternoon game cost his school.

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