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Last year, some money was used to help teams offset travel costs through the regular season. However, the real hit for some teams is the playoffs, when travel arrangements have to be made at the last minute, and can be a very costly non-reward to a team that wins.
Arkansas State University traveled to all three playoff matches, and certainly had to spend a lot of money to do it. That they won twice on the road and lost a dramatic final by only seven was impressive.
New D1-A commissioner Kevin Battle told RUGBYMag.com that the teams in the division voted overwhelmingly to put money into helping traveling playoff teams pay for air fare.
The plan is to give traveling quarterfinal teams a little under $5,000, with semifinal teams getting a little over $9,000. The traveling team in the final would get between $18,000 and $19,000. The total payout would be around $55,000.
These numbers might be more, if the league decides to add to it. But it's also possible the league will decide to bank some of the grant with the anticipation that the money won't be available every year, and could be used to kick-start some revenue efforts.
The next goal, said Battle, is to have the entire postseason paid for.