NCAA -- A story in Tuesday's editions indicated the NCAA was distributing $100 million annually from its basketball television contract to member schools. The annual total is $72 million, of which $32 million will be distributed to schools. (Published 10/24/90)

OVERLAND PARK, KAN., OCT. 22 -- The NCAA today announced a formula for spending $69.9 million of its $1 billion basketball television contract and said the plan will reward schools that have broad-based athletic programs and many athletic scholarships.

The plan will eliminate "the $300,000 free throw," said Dick Schultz, executive director of the NCAA.

Teams will not be paid for each advance in the basketball tournament, but rather by the breadth of their total programs, Schultz said.

"This is probably as close to playing for the trophy {rather than for money} as we'll ever get for the next several years," Schultz said. "The basketball coaches felt dollars per win was really getting to a point where it was putting too much pressure on them and on their players."

Schultz said that a team in the basketball tournament last year was paid $294,000 per game, compared to about $40,000 under the new formula.

The NCAA Executive Committee was expected to give final approval to the plan at its meeting in December.

The NCAA had earlier announced plans to spend about $31 million of the money based on a team's appearances in the basketball tournament over the past six years. That money will be distributed to conferences, which then will determine how to distribute it to their members.

The formula announced today was for the other $69 million. It will be distributed to individual schools based on the number of sports they sponsor above the minimum of 12 and on the number of scholarships they award. The more scholarships a school awards the larger the payment it will receive.

No estimates were made of how much each school will receive in the first year, but the NCAA estimated the Big Ten Conference would receive more than $7 million and the ACC would get $6.3 million.

In examples provided by Schultz, payments to individual schools from the broad-based pool could range from $2,350 for a small school that sponsored 12 sports and gave 27 scholarships to $450,000 at a large school that sponsored 29 sports and gave 268 scholarships.

The example does not include money from the basketball pool. Additional payments from the basketball pool would depend on the success that teams from each school's conference have had over the previous six years.