Here's how much Ohio State is paying its six non-conference men's basketball home foes

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State will pay each of its six non-conference opponents $90,000 to play at Value City Arena this season.

The signed game contracts, obtained by The Columbus Dispatch through an open records request, show that the Buckeyes will pay a total of $360,000 to host Alabama A&M, Charleston Southern, Eastern Illinois, Maine, Robert Morris and St. Francis (Pa.) during the 2022-23 men’s basketball season.

The Charleston Southern contract stipulates that Ohio State will pay it $60,000 to play a Nov. 10 game but that the Buckeyes will also cover $30,000 in travel expenses. The other five schools are set to receive a flat, $90,000 fee.

Chris Holtmann's Ohio State Buckeyes are set to welcome in six non-conference opponents this season, each of whom are set to be paid $90,000 for visiting Value City Arena.

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The average is slightly down compared to what Ohio State paid for its five 2021-22 non-conference games. New Orleans, Tennessee Martin and Towson were each set to receive $90,000 for their games while Akron and Niagara were each paid $95,000.

All contracts stipulate that Ohio State’s total payments could be lessened should COVID-19 or a similar public health emergency prevent or limit attendance. In that scenario, both schools agree to “work in good faith to reduce the guarantee payment.” Should a game be canceled, for a variety of reasons including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, neither team will be responsible for paying the guaranteed amount.

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The Alabama A&M game is a rescheduled matchup for a game that was slated for the 2020-21 season but canceled when the Bulldogs arrived in Columbus and had members test positive for COVID-19. Ohio State was to pay Alabama A&M $90,000 for that game and furnish the program with 15 hotel rooms for two nights but was released from that obligation when the game was canceled.

The contract for this year’s game between the teams was signed Nov. 12, 2021, one week after Maine inked its deal with Ohio State. Eastern Illinois was the final contract to be signed when it was finalized April 22.

Ohio State will provide hotels to Alabama A&M and Maine but none of the other four schools, and OSU will not provide meals for any of the teams. Last year, the Buckeyes did not pay for transportation, lodging or food for any of their non-conference home opponents.

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 61 nationally according to’s 2022-23 projections. The highest-rated of the six opponents is Robert Morris at No. 266. Eastern Illinois has the lowest preseason ranking at 336 and is joined by Maine (312) as sub-300 opponents.


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