College Football Playoff Money Includes a $300,000 Academic Incentive to Schools

The Birmingham News reported that NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools will each receive $300,000 annually from the new playoff format if its football team’s Academic Progress Rate score is at least 930. According to the NCAA, a 930 score indicates that the team is on track to graduate 50 percent of its players.

The academic payout would total $37.5 million, eight percent of the playoff’s total revenue, if every school met the APR requirement. ESPN agreed last month to pay about $470 million annually over 12 years to televise the new football championship system, The Associated Press reported.

The Birmingham News report highlights that the “Knight Commission first introduced the academic revenue concept in a 2010 report that argued college sports must align incentives with values.”

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