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Villanova's NCAA Tournament Run Has Meant Big Money for the Big East

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Villanova's run to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament has earned Georgetown and the rest of the Big East some cold hard cash.  According to ESPN's Darren Rovell:


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Each game played in this year's tournament is worth $265,791. That money is paid out in each of the next six years (2017-22), with the number for each game, or unit, growing each year of the payout. When multiplied times six, the total worth of a game played in this year's tournament will be at least $1.59 million.

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Including its Final Four appearance against Oklahoma, Villanova will play five games in the Dance, earning a total of $7.95 million for the Big East, or $795,000 per school.

Overall, thanks to the games played by Villanova (5), Seton Hall (1), Butler (2), Providence (2), and Xavier (2), the Big East has earned $19.08 million in the NCAA Tournament, which amounts to $1,908,000 per school.

Conferences earn a unit for every game their teams appear in except the title game, so these numbers are final even if Villanova advances to the National Championship.

Go 'Cats and thanks!