19 Action News reporter Dan DeRoos found out that not only will the price of the ticket to see the National Championship game be expensive, but the travel expenses as well. The event generates roughly $500 million a year in television revenue alone.
The new pilot program will also cover expenses for families to travel to the Men's and Women's Final Fours this spring. The NCAA will pay up to $3,000 total in travel, hotel and meal expenses for family members of each student-athlete who competes in the Final Four. For the Basketball Championship game the NCAA will front up to $4,000.
"Providing travel expenses has long been a part of his discussion, and I'm thrilled we were able to move forward with this support," NCAA Executive Vice President Mark Lewis said.
The new program comes just in time for the College Football Championship Game on Monday. Oregon and Ohio State will battle for the first Championship under the new playoff system.
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