The Air Force Falcons are no longer in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, but exiting in the second round isn't the only thing stinging them right now. The CIT is a pay-to-play tournament, so the Falcons put up the money, $31,500, to host a first-round game. They won their game against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, but then went on the road to face Santa Clara. The Falcons season ended there with an 88-75 loss.â†µ
As Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports, the Falcons, not having to pay for a second home game in the tournament, wound up losing $17,800 dollars on the one game. All told, the game took in $13,700. Based on quotes from associate athletics director, communications Troy Garnhart in the article, the academy always expected to lose money, but that they'll need to decide on a yearly basis whether to be involved in a pay-to-play tournament. In other words, losing almost 18 grand on a yearly basis isn't worth it.