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Alabama spent over $3.4 million to bring the crystal ball home


The cost of bringing the crystal ball home to Tuscaloosa was anything but cheap for the Crimson Tide.

According to the bowl expense report obtained by, the trip to the national championship game in Miami this past January ended up costing Alabama $3.4 million. When you factor in the football bonuses the University paid out, the Tide spent around $4.9 million, making it the most expensive national title of their past three trips to the big game.

That's some serious dough. also put together an interesting chart detailing the Bama's last three trips to national title game, and their expenses, which can be found below. Pretty interesting numbers in the chart, including how many people were accounted for on each trip, and the money it took to help bring the trophy to Tuscaloosa.


(H/T to for the well done chart)