On Monday, we published a report that revealed the payouts Alcorn State and Grambling would receive for participating in the annual Circle City Classic football game in Indianapolis on Oct 12.
The contracts TSPNsports obtained through an open records request from both schools showed that Grambling is to receive payments equaling $320,000, while Alcorn State is to receive $230,000 in payments.
We requested a comment from Indiana Black Expo, Inc., the non-profit organization that hosts the Circle City Classic, on the reason for the disparity in payments. Tanya Bell, who serves as the president and CEO of IBE, issued the following statement:
“In the last 30 years of organizing Circle City Classic®, Indiana Black Expo, Inc. has never executed joint agreements. The practice is to negotiate with each school individually. As evidenced by the execution of the contracts, all parties are in accord with the terms of the Agreement. We look forward to a successful 30th Circle City Classic®.