Good story from Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune on the financial windfall for the Mountain West Conference from getting a couple teams into the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA Tournament.
As the article states, each team in the conference gets a share of the revenue for each NCAA Tournament game played by a member school. Every game played is worth $240,000 to the conference. BYU and San Diego State have already played two games each with at least one more to go, and UNLV played one, giving the conference about $1.7 million (seven games multiplied by $240,000) to share every year over the next six years. That pays for a few CollegeInsider.com Tournament appearances.
That number will grow if San Diego State and BYU continue to win. So it’s pretty easy to figure out who Air Force’s athletic department will be rooting for this week.