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More than $1.5M in gifts will be given to NCAA men's and women's basketball players by their conferences over the next few weeks as "rewards for the athletes' participation" in end-of-season tournaments, according to David Broughton of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. There are "more than two dozen conferences or tournament host committees that will be providing gifts to players, with those gift packages covering a wide range of items." Players also "can receive gifts from their schools and from the NCAA, with rewards for both participation and for championship wins." Up to "25 gift packages can be provided to a team by its school and by its conference for participating in this month's conference tournaments, according to NCAA bylaws." An "unlimited number of additional packages can be bought and given to guests, such as sponsors and media partners" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/7 issue).NCAA^
Jostens ring, Fossil watch, Wilson backpack and mini-basketball, Lucite game ticket, bench chair, and neoprene case with a USB port and jump drive. Final Four participants also receive a piece of the playing court.CONFERENCE (PACKAGES DISTRIBUTED)ACC (600)* Under Armour sweatshirt, plus select one (valued at $300 each): iLuv i1166 8.9-inch portable multimedia player with iPod charger; Flip Slide HD w/power adapter and cables; Garmin Nuvi 1490 GPS; iPod touch 8 GB with hard case, PowerJolt Dual charger and 25-song gift card; Toshiba Regza 19-inch 720p LCD/DVD TVAmerica East (360) SweatshirtAtlantic 10 (528) Select one: 2GB iPod Shuffle with 40-song gift card; Coby 9-inch portable DVD/CD/MP3 player; Samsung 10.2 MP digital camera; Coby Snapp 2-inch LCD Mini Digital HD camcorder/camera; Fossil men’s chronograph watchAtlantic Sun (400) SweatshirtBig East (704) iPod touchBig Sky (264) Hoodie, long-sleeve dry-fit shirt, short-sleeve dry-fit shirt, backpackBig South (425) Crons hooded pullover jacketBig Ten (330) Skor messenger bag; travel kit; fleece hat, scarf and gloves setBig 12 (720) iPod touchBig West (400) T-shirtConference USA (300) On-site gift suite, which will include apparel and items from Ogio, Sony and othersColonial Athletic (480) Crons sweatshirt, and select one: Coby Snapp two-inch LCD mini digital HD 720p camcorder/camera with 4GB SD card; Fossil ladies Stella watch; Fossil men’s chronograph watch; iLuv iPod dock audio system with dual alarm clock; Samsung 10.2 MP digital camera with 5X optical zoom and 2.5-inch LCD display; Swiss Army Scan Smart Trek Compu-BackpackGreat West (350) Oarsman sweatshirt
(Tournament host Utah Valley Univ. also will provide pullovers from school partner adidas.)Horizon League (440)
Hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, knit capMEAC (NA) Would not discloseMetro Atlantic (500) T-shirt, drawstring bagMissouri Valley (500) Nike quarter-zip fleece, Nike backpack, ProGraphs commemorative Lucite ticketMountain West (396) Select one: Coby Snapp two-inch LCD mini digital HD 720p camcorder/camera with 4GB SD card; Fossil ladies Stella watch; Fossil men’s chronograph watch; iLuv iPod Dock audio system with dual alarm clock; Samsung 10.2 MP digital camera with 5X optical zoom and 2.5-inch LCD display; Swiss Army Scan Smart Trek Compu-BackpackNortheast (352) Anaconda long-sleeve dry-fit shirtOhio Valley (N/A) N/APac-10 (300) Conference-branded backpack filled with snacks, including a bottle of Dr Pepper (a conference corporate partner)SEC (360) Select one: iPod touch 8 GB (3rd generation) with Griffin AeroSport armband; Garmin Nuvi 4.3-inch ultra thin GPS; LG full HD 1080p Wi-Fi-enabled Blu-ray disc player; Sony CyberShot, 14.1 MP digital camera with 10x total zoom; Swiss Army 24-inch 4-wheeled upright travel bagSouthern (425) Crons hooded pullover jacketSouthland (240) Leed’s leather business organizer/notepadSummit League (400) Conference-branded sweatshirtSun Belt (N/A) Stationery set with a caseSWAC (290**) Classic Traditions backpack
(Tournament champions also receive a Classic Traditions garment bag.)WAC (480)
Club Glove travel bag and T-shirtWest Coast (N/A) Laptop bag
NOTES: The Mid-American Conference and Patriot League do not provide participant gifts. The Ivy League does not have an end-of-season tournament. ^ = Gifts are for participation in the NCAA tournament. * = Gifts are paid for by the Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro rather than the ACC. ** = Includes 240 backpacks and 50 garment bags.