DANCING FOR DOLLARS: NCAA TOURNEY WINS MEAN $$$ FOR SCHOOLS
The school of each men's basketball team receives
$170,000 for each game the team plays in the NCAA
Tournament, but the money is distributed among the members
of the school's athletic conference, according to Michael
Clark of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. Miami (OH) Univ.
spokesperson Richard Little said that though the school is
paid $170,000 for each round it advances, "the amount
remains the same regardless of how far a team progresses in
the tournament -- even if it wins the national
championship." Little noted that most conferences
distribute the NCAA money over several years and average it
out equally among all of the teams. In addition to the
$170,000 payments, the NCAA also provides each participating
team $120 a day for lodging and meals for each school member
with the team (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/16). In Detroit,
Rusty Hoover writes that MI State Univ. officials "expect a
boost of roughly" $270,000 in the school's annual licensing
revenues of $900,000 if the men's team advances to the Final
Four. Besides souvenir royalties, MSU earns NCAA
participation fees of $20,000 for the first two rounds,
$30,000 for this weekend's rounds and a potential $50,000 if
the team makes it to the Final Four (DETROIT NEWS, 3/18).
DECEMBER MADNESS: ISL VP/College Athletics Jim Wheeler
is featured on CBS SportsLine where he discussed ISL's
proposed NCAA football playoff system: "Everybody's really
interested in how we would go about our process and
proposal. If I let it out, I would lose the competitive
advantage. I've got to break through the old relationships
with something special" (Dennis Dodd, CBS SportsLine, 3/16).
NCAA UNDER FIRE AGAIN? Black coaches are "raising the
possibility of legal action against the association on
another front: school's minority hiring practices,"
according to a report in USA TODAY. In a letter to NCAA
President Cedric Dempsey this week, Black Coaches
Association Exec Dir Tim Stoner "calls for more urgent
attention to the lack of black coaches and administrators in
college athletics." Stoner: "If we can't get more
cooperation, we believe we have a legal avenue we can pursue
to bring about change." Currently, only 5 of 112 football
coaches in Division I-A are black (USA TODAY, 3/18).