When R. Kevin Briscoe learned Monday morning that Penn State had been banned from postseason play he thought: “I lost a quarter of a million dollars.”
Briscoe’s State College-based moving company, Hoy Transfer, is responsible for hauling Penn State equipment to bowl games for the football team.
The NCAA announced sanctions against Penn State for its role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal Monday in Indianapolis. The penalties included a four-year postseason ban, including bowl games and the Big Ten Conference championship.
Briscoe figures his company makes about $55,000 per bowl trip — though half of that money is donated to the Nittany Lion Club.
Regardless of the team’s record, Briscoe’s company won’t see a dime for bowl trips for the next four years.
“It’s going to hurt, no question,” he said.
Briscoe said businesses such as his have been unintentionally damaged by the sanctions, which also include a $60 million fine, vacating of more than 100 wins, and the loss of scholarships.
The sanctions follow longtime Penn State coordinator Sandusky’s conviction for sexually abusing 10 young boys, and the release of the Louis Freeh report, condemning top university administrators, including the late coach Joe Paterno, for covering up Sandusky’s abuse.
“I think it absolutely punishes the wrong people,” Briscoe said of the sanctions. “I think there are unintended consequences.”
Kay Rogers, another merchant who figures to be adversely affected by the loss of postseason play, said local businesses will survive the impact of sanctions, but must be smarter.
Rogers owns Centre for Travel, a State College travel agency that traditionally books trips for many Penn State fans headed to bowl games.
“Naturally, we were all looking forward to a new season, a new coach — maybe this year could be a nice bowl,” Rogers said. “I think that’s what’s going to hurt some people.”
However, she expects loyal Penn State fans, especially at first, to continue flocking to State College, and packing local businesses during home games.
“I think they are going to want to see these players play and support them,” she said. “I think it’s going to be OK for a while. But we have four years.”
Rogers said the key for most local businesses, including hers, will be re-evaluating and working harder.
“So that means I better start selling more cruises, tours and everything,” she said. “I’ve already told my employees we’re going to have to work a little bit harder.”
Briscoe said he expects various other industries to be affected differently, depending “on how much they rely on football.”
But he agreed with Rogers that most can survive with planning and hard work.
“It’s just something we’ll have to overcome,” he said.
“You just work your way through it,” Briscoe continued. “There’s not a magic pill you can take to fix things — just work smart.”
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