Ohio State will pay a combined $560,000 to its six men’s basketball nonconference opponents that will come to Value City Arena, according to the signed game contracts.
The documents, which were acquired by The Dispatch in a public records request, show that Ohio State will pay Akron, Morehead State, Niagara and Oakland each $95,000 and will pay Alabama A&M and Towson $90,000 apiece.
Five of the six contracts were signed before the cancellation of the 2019-20 postseason. The lone outlier is Towson, and that contract was finalized March 27, 15 days after the Big Ten and NCAA both canceled their tournaments.
No contract makes specific reference to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but each does make allowances should a game not be playable.
"If it becomes impossible to play the basketball game for reasons of power failure, strikes, severe weather conditions, riots, war, or other unforeseen catastrophes or disasters beyond the control of either party, this Agreement may be terminated by either OSU or the Visiting Team," it reads.
In that scenario, neither school would be responsible for any subsequent financial loss.
Akron, which is coached by Holtmann’s former teammate and boss John Groce, will receive 500 tickets for the Nov. 19 game while the other five teams will receive 100 tickets for their games.
Alabama A&M, which will play the Buckeyes on Dec. 30, also will receive 15 hotel rooms for two nights as part of its game contract.
Here is the full non-conference schedule:
Nov. 11: Oakland
Nov. 15: Niagara
Nov. 19: Akron
Nov. 25-27: TBA (at Battle 4 Atlantis, Bahamas)
TBA: ACC-Big Ten Challenge game (could be November or December)
Dec. 9: Towson
Dec. 19: vs. North Carolina (CBS Sports Classic, location TBA)
Dec. 22: Morehead State
Dec. 30: Alabama A&M