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A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
I do not know how "accurate" these numbers are but if they are true, then college football at the highest level is unsustainable for most.

Is there something else not being factored in here ?

Very scary if these are legit.

Athletic Departments and their associated financials in the State of Texas
01-30-2018 12:17 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
Many (most?) athletic programs are heavily subsidized by student fees and other sources to make ends meet.
01-30-2018 12:25 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
(01-30-2018 12:17 PM)thespiritof1976 Wrote:  I do not know how "accurate" these numbers are but if they are true, then college football at the highest level is unsustainable for most.

Is there something else not being factored in here ?

Very scary if these are legit.

Athletic Departments and their associated financials in the State of Texas

There is a reason why their are 300+ division 1 basketball programs and only 129 football programs.

The numbers are a little hard to sort out unless you look at the specifics of each school. For example one of the costs is tuition, so each program will have a different base scholarship cost, in state, out of state, , international students are charged different tuition fees. Then the cost ranges from state to state and school to school. Of course the difference between private and public.

That doesn't even get into why schools choose to play sports, those are just as varied. Including things like increasing alumni interactions and donations to non-athletics, 3 hour free commercials, creating an attractive campus atmosphere, pride, prestige, networking with like minded institutions through conference affiliations or creating partnerships through an athletics connection. Hell there are so many schools that sometimes I learn about a schools existence through a athletic accomplishment or competition.
01-30-2018 12:48 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
As of 2016, we had the lowest subsidized athletic department of any state-related football playing school in the G5 at 25%. Boise State was the next lowest at just over 27%. Wichita State is about equal with us, obviously without having football to fund. The two lowest in the AAC are Tulsa at 13.75% and SMU at 23.63%. Tulane is actually heavier subsidized than we are at 38%. The highest subsidized athletic department in the AAC was USF at 49.62%

The highest in the P5 were Rutgers at 34.07% and ASU at 18.57%
01-30-2018 01:25 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
The fact that Texas Tech runs a deficit in the Big 12 while never winning more than 8 games is just wonderful.
01-30-2018 02:00 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
Its frightening what has happened to UTEP. No school was hurt more in the last round of realignment from the G5 schools than UTEP.
01-30-2018 02:27 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
Student fees are always going to cover the costs. So why run a balanced budget?
01-30-2018 02:38 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
Houston had $17,232 in ticket revenue from basketball. That number has to rival the take at some grade schools. Pathetic.
01-30-2018 02:42 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
(01-30-2018 02:42 PM)MU88 Wrote:  Houston had $17,232 in ticket revenue from basketball. That number has to rival the take at some grade schools. Pathetic.

I call BS on that one. UNT has half of UH attendance but has 8 times the ticket sales revenue?
01-30-2018 03:08 PM
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RE: A sobering look at the deficit many schools run in athletics, especially football
Not sure about what comparisons can be made. When looking at media revenue reported to the NCAA (line item #11), it ranges from $0 for N. TX to $193,571 for UTEP to $1,058,585 for San Antonio. Seems like it should be more uniform for teams in the same conference.
01-30-2018 03:21 PM
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