Extra Eligibility Could Be Costly for NCAA Programs

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With spring sports canceled due to the coronavirus, the NCAA is considering providing an additional year of eligibility to athletes whose seasons were cut short or lost entirely.

But that won’t come without a cost. A USA Today report suggested that Power Five programs could need to spend between $500,000 and $900,000 each in order to provide an additional year of eligibility only to senior student-athletes participating in spring sports. 

A number of variables would apply to an individual program’s bottom line impact. Such things as whether rates for student-athletes are charged as in-state or out-of-state, or the number of spring sports a particular school sponsors could move a program’s outlay significantly. 

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