Boy do I hate all those teams leaving UConn in the American Conference and Louisville winning the National Championship definitely hurts. My question is – does this at least increase the pay that UConn gets by a substantial amount? Is the prize for winning the national title substantial or is it the same for the runner up?
A: UConn’s share of the Big East’s NCAA Tournament take will be whatever it would have been before. It’s based, our conference realignment guru Paul Doyle explains, “on the number of teams a conference places in the tournament and how far they advance. And it’s calculated in six year increments.”
So Louisville and Syracuse making it as far as they did will eventually translate into a more money for all teams that played in The Big East this past season. If you remember, UConn proposed forfeiting its tournament revenue as an alternative sanction for its APR shortcomings. That was rejected by the NCAA. UConn is faced will declining TV money, and probably declining tournament revenue in the American Conference, though for the short term that will be somewhat mitigated by the various exit fees, the compensation for the Big East name, etc.