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More Than $1.5M In Gifts To Be Distributed During NCAA Conference Basketball Tourneys

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 TV
America East (360)
Sweatshirt
Atlantic 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 watch
Atlantic Sun (400)
Sweatshirt
Big East (704)
iPod touch
Big Sky (264)
Hoodie, long-sleeve dry-fit shirt, short-sleeve dry-fit shirt, backpack
Big South (425)
Crons hooded pullover jacket
Big Ten (330)
Skor messenger bag; travel kit; fleece hat, scarf and gloves set
Big 12 (720)
iPod touch
Big West (400)
T-shirt
Conference USA (300)
On-site gift suite, which will include apparel and items from Ogio, Sony and others
Colonial 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-Backpack
Great West (350)
Oarsman sweatshirt
(Tournament host Utah Valley Univ. also will provide pullovers from school partner adidas.)
Horizon League (440)
Hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, knit cap
MEAC (NA)
Would not disclose
Metro Atlantic (500)
T-shirt, drawstring bag
Missouri Valley (500)
Nike quarter-zip fleece, Nike backpack, ProGraphs commemorative Lucite ticket
Mountain 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-Backpack
Northeast (352)
Anaconda long-sleeve dry-fit shirt
Ohio Valley (N/A)
N/A
Pac-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 bag
Southern (425)
Crons hooded pullover jacket
Southland (240)
Leed’s leather business organizer/notepad
Summit League (400)
Conference-branded sweatshirt
Sun Belt (N/A)
Stationery set with a case
SWAC (290**)
Classic Traditions backpack
(Tournament champions also receive a Classic Traditions garment bag.)
WAC (480)
Club Glove travel bag and T-shirt
West 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.

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