College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Friday that travel assistance for Monday's national championship game will cost the organization a total of about $500,000, according to ESPN's Heather Dinich,
The CFP announced Tuesday that it would help cover expenses for the parents/legal guardians of Ohio State and Oregon players traveling to Arlington, Texas, for the title game. That followed the NCAA's granting of a waiver to allow the CFP to do so.
Per the waiver, the NCAA will also help cover expenses for families traveling to the men's and women's basketball Final Fours.
Hancock said Friday the CFP's pilot program covers airfare, meals and lodging. When the program was announced, the organization said it would reimburse up to $1,250 per parent/legal guardian, with each player allowed to have the travel of two parents/legal guardians paid for.
Both the NCAA's and CFP's action came after Ohio State coach Urban Meyer criticized the fact that players' families essentially had to pay their own way to the national championship game.
According to The New York Times, the families of Buckeye players were set to receive just $800 from the school's student opportunity fund before the NCAA changed its policy and the CFP decided to pay for travel.
The CFP's move continues the trend of more financial assistance going towards players. With the O'Bannon trial verdict and the Power Five's move towards autonomy, Power Five leaders have said they plan to push for full-cost-of-attendance scholarships, increased medical benefits and other measures that effectively increase the compensation given players.
Ohio State and Oregon meet Monday night at AT&T Stadium in the first ever playoff national championship. The Buckeyes defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in one semifinal and the Ducks defeated Florida state in the Rose Bowl in the other.
- Ben Estes