College football championship tickets are selling for $3,000 and up.
Alabama and Georgia could each pay a professor's salary for the $118,000-plus it'll take to rent a luxury suite.
Even fat-cat lobbyists who treat Georgia and Alabama legislators to sporting events might quail at those prices.
The championship game between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs has set off a ticket frenzy. Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta makes sense. Only fans who can afford a Mercedes, or a Lamborghini, will be able to buy a seat.
At that kind of money, perhaps Arthur Blank can at last find someone to open the new stadium's roof.
The game's on a Monday, so the lucky wealthy can save a little by chowing down on Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. Those caught in the Atlanta Airport blackout got the fried delights for free. Hope the lights stay on. If not, fans can be assured the stadium has a "redundant" power system, just like the airport.
Alabama coach Nick Saban and his Georgia counterpart Kirby Smart will make huge bonuses on top of the millions they already are paid to scream at young men and send them out to likely bodily harm.
ESPN will rake in millions, as will newspapers, magazines and other TV outlets.
Outside of scholarships to attend these fine institutions of higher education, and the chance to land NFL contracts and suffer permanent brain damage, each team's players will receive nothing, except for the abuse of Nick and Kirby.
Saban complained about his players not having enough time to recuperate for the big game after beating Clemson in the semifinals and leaving the New Orleans Superdome at 1 a.m. Tuesday. (The Superdome is also named for Mercedes-Benz. And Saban invests in Mercedes dealerships.)
That's probably Nick once again trying to curry favor with the NCAA pooh-bahs. Matching the largess that Saban has received in years past, the playoffs committee gave Saban and his Crimson Tide a free pass to the playoffs, although his team lost to three-loss Auburn and didn't even make the SEC championship game. That gave the Tide extra time to recover from the injuries that weakened the team at the end of the regular season.
Is Nick allowed to run red lights in Tuscaloosa?
Perhaps Nick is really concerned about his players' health in calling for more time between the semis and the championship. More likely, he wants to improve his chances for winning so he can receive an even fatter contract from the University of Alabama and invest in more Mercedes dealerships.
The big game floats on big money. The so-called "student athletes" receive none of it.