NCAA Hoping New Travel Policy Will Help Avoid Problems
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is ending most overnight travel in this year's Division I basketball tournaments.
Under a new policy, teams that fly to tournament sites and have start times after 3:00 PM local time will spend the night, win or lose. Teams that take buses to games, within 350 miles, will have the option of driving home when they're eliminated.
The changes come after several snafus last year led to complaints.
Teams making the men's and women's Final Four also will receive $3,000 per athlete from the NCAA for up to two family members to attend games. An additional $1,000 per player will be added for teams that advance. The family stipend is being used as a first-time pilot program.
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