Dollars & Cents of March Madness
$0: Amount that North Dakota State will make from the NCAA for playing in the tournament. When the team joined the Summit League, it agreed to wait until 2010 to receive a half of a share of postseason money and 2011 to get their full share. It wasn't a bad move at the time. The last time a team played in the tournament in its first year in Division I-A was in 1972. NDSU's share will be split among the other conference members.
$69: Price DirecTV is charging for fans to watch out-of-market tournament games, including the ability to watch four games at the same time.
$1,762: Cost of the cheapest group of roundtrip non-stop flights found on Orbitz from Phoenix to Miami, leaving on Wednesday and returning on Sunday -- as of 9:30 p.m. ET last night. This was roughly three hours after it became clear that both Arizona and Arizona State would be playing in first-round games in Miami.
$4,050: Operating costs for each player at Alabama State last year, the lowest of any tournament teams.
$183,412: Operating costs for each player at Marquette last year, the highest of any tournament teams.
$600,000: Amount of money No. 16 seed UT-Chattanooga reportedly has to cut from its athletic budget next year.
$2.6 million: Amount Kentucky, which missed its first tournament since 1999, paid its coach Billy Gillespie this year.
$16,029,219: Amount, in profit, Louisville basketball made last year, according to the Equity in Athletics disclosure.
$3 billion: Estimated amount that will be wagered in office pools in the United States, according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of Pregame.com.
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