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Ohio State will pay $2 million to non-conference opponents

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Ohio State is stepping up the level of difficulty in the non-conference portion of their football schedule in 2014 with the hope that it does not end up costing them a shot in the College Football Playoff. But in terms of money, we know exactly how much it will cost to play those games.

According to the Associated Press, Ohio State will pay over $2 million in guaranteed money to Virginia Tech, Kent State and Cincinnati. All three programs visit the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium this season. No program will receive more than Cincinnati, of the American Athletic Conference. The in-state program making the trip to Columbus will receive $888,246 in guaranteed money from the Buckeyes. Kent State will receive a nice cut as well, with the AP reporting the MAC program will be paid $850,000 by Ohio State.

Virginia Tech will actually receive the lowest payout. The ACC program will be paid $350,000 by Ohio State, but the Buckeyes and Hokies have a home-and-home agreement in place. The other two games mentioned are one-game deals with Ohio State, so the payout differences are not to be unexpected. Home-and-home deals generally have smaller payouts between schools because there is more of a mutual gain to be had with scheduling security. Ohio State will visit Virginia Tech next season. The added television revenue and exposure is a nice incentive as well.

Ohio State will be on the receiving end of a non-conference payout as well. The Buckeyes will be paid $850,000 by the United States Naval Academy. Navy will play host to Ohio State in Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. That game will be the season opener for both schools on August 30.

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11 Responses to “Ohio State will pay $2 million to non-conference opponents”
  1. canetic says: Apr 7, 2014 8:20 PM

    What a joke.

  2. sportsfaninyyc says: Apr 7, 2014 8:34 PM

    Yeah, the NCAA can afford to pay the players…

  3. dkhhuey says: Apr 7, 2014 8:47 PM

    @Canetic – The U plays… wait for it…. Cincinnati and Virginia Tech, then throw in Arkansas State and Florida A&M. Obviously still bitter about the Fiesta Bowl game you didn’t get to celebrate, eh!

  4. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:42 PM

    Id like to know how much Alabama coughed up to play Tennessee Chattanooga, Western Kentucky University and Louisiana Monroe… Oh wait ULM beat them, forgot about that

  5. chiadam says: Apr 7, 2014 11:42 PM

    Last year, Alabama football generated more revenue than every last NHL team and 25 of 30 NBA teams. Imagine how those leagues and their owners would do if labor was free. Time to pay players. It’s enough already.

  6. manik56 says: Apr 8, 2014 12:58 AM

    How dare they spend money to find 4 additional opponents!

  7. steeler1nation says: Apr 8, 2014 1:36 AM

    Miami is busy paying off abortions, hookers and yacht parties.

  8. floridacock says: Apr 8, 2014 9:33 AM

    Must be a slow day. This is not news

  9. dmarado says: Apr 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    Buckeyes doing well to keep the money in state, smart move.

  10. tigers182 says: Apr 8, 2014 11:19 AM

    Please, the OSU players make more than this.

  11. jagtiger says: Apr 8, 2014 11:48 AM

    Ohio State takes a revenue game at Navy! That’s a new low for the Big 10.

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