Extension nearly set for Iowa-ISU football

IOWA CITY — Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta and Iowa State counterpart Jamie Pollard are finalizing plans to extend the Iowa-Iowa State football series into the next decade.

The in-state rivals have played annually in football since 1977 and their current contract ends in 2017.

"Jamie and I have been pretty straightforward that we both intend to keep it going," Barta said. "We've had conversations and other than some details of the contract, it's pretty well set."

The current deal, which went into effect in 2008, calls for the schools to play on September's second Saturday. From 2008 through 2012, the visitor received 20 percent of the home gate through revenue sharing. Starting with the 2013 game at Iowa State, the home team now keeps all the all the gate revenue.

Both the annual date and the financial details are likely to remain in place.

"We're both holding sort of the traditional date beyond our current contract," Barta said. "Right now, there's nothing for either of us to show that we would change the cycle that we've been in."

"What we're anticipating and what we've talked about is that the way that it currently sits today is how we'd move on in the future."

The extension means both schools would schedule just two other non-conference opponents each year. Iowa State currently plays nine Big 12 opponents, while Iowa's Big Ten schedule extends to nine games in 2016.




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