Common ya'll. These aren't money games. Most of our (HBCU) early season loses are to lower level teams in our divisions. These lower level schools play real money games and lose by 50 points. Then those same, lower level teams, beat us by 50 points. Overall, we are not real DI schools... in any sport.
If there isn't a return game, a guarantee is paid to the visiting team, period.
For example, UMES got a $40,000 check from Radford (Big South) for a game this year. That money went to UMES' general fund and the coach from UMES added an item to the contract that allowed Redford to pay for the basketball team's iPad allocation which was $10,000.
So the school got a $40,000 check and the basketball got $10K in technology.