if HD adopted a payout based on performance similiar to that of C-USA in real life, where the team that participates keeps 50% and the remaining 50% goes into the conference pool.
I would drop the per NT game payout of D1 down to the value of one scholarship, or $15000.
If the overall top D1 conference earns $500,000 (that's roughly 30 NT and 10 PIT games), $250k is kept by the individual teams that played in the games, and $250k goes into the shared conference pool.
ie. if a team plays the maximum 6 NT games and earns $90,000 of tourney cash, they would keep $45,000 and the remaining $45,000 would go into the conference pool. They also would be entitled to 1/12 of the $250k shared pool, or roughly $20,800 more. That's a total of a cool $65,800 for making the championship game in the elite conference.
..a sweet 16 team would receive 50% of their three games played or 22,500 + 20,800 or $43,300.
..and if someone goes 0-16 in conference they would receive only the 1/12 share of the shared pool ($20,800).
that certainly could make things within a top conference as more a have vs. have nots. But under this scenario if the sweet 16 team had three open scholarships and the 0-16 had 4 open scholarships the total recruiting budgets would be $88,300 vs $80,800.
Or if the championship team had 3 openings vs. the sweet 16 teams 4 openings, that would be $110,800 vs. $103,300.
however at a lower level conference that sends two teams to the NT that both lose in the first round of the NT they each would keep their 50% ($7500) plus the 1/12 of the shared total of $15,000 ($1250). So a team that made the NT from a lower level conf would receive $8750 under a perfomance based payout vs the $2500 they would receive with the equally distributed concept. This gives the small guy a slightly better chance to compete with the bottom feeders of the big boys. Butler vs. a South Florida if you would.
Still sound disastrous for all?