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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Academic Subsidies of Athletic Departments at NCAA Division I Schools

NCAA USA Today and Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center have calculated how much the athletic departments at 219 NCAA Division I schools are subsidized from general university funds and student fees.  Only seven athletic departments (LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Texas, and Texas A&M) do not receive such subsidies.  Here are the schools with the largest subsidies of their athletic departments in 2010, from schools both in the BCS conferences and not in the BCS conferences.

 School

Conference

% Subsidy

$ Subsidy

1. Rutgers

Big East 

42%

$26.9m

2. UConn

Big East

25%

$14.6m

3. S. Florida

Big East

36%

$14.2m

4. Maryland

ACC

25%

$13.8m

5. Tennessee

SEC

12%

$13.6m

6. Cincinnati

Big East

33%

$13.5m

7. Virginia

ACC

15%

$12.2m

8. California

Pac-10

17%

$12.1m

9. Oregon State

Pac-10

20%

$11.0m

10. Arizona St.

Pac-10

18%

$10.3m

 

 

 

 

1. UNLV

Mountain West

60%

$34.1m

2. Delaware    

Colonial

79%

$26.9m

3. J. Madison    

Colonial

84%

$24.0m

4. O. Dominion

Colonial

73%

$23.7m

5. E. Michigan

MAC

84%

$22.0m

6. UC-Davis       

Big West

77%

$20.7m

7. Cent. Florida

CUSA

51%

$20.3m

8. UMass

A-10

80%

$20.2m

9. Buffalo

MAC

78%

$19.8m

10. Ohio

MAC

78%

$18.8m

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Comments

Scholarship and other donations that result from support for college sports teams such as football and golf significantly offset or completely cover the costs of those sports along with other athletic programs. That should be considered in reporting net costs.

On the other hand, costs to fund Title IX sports are never recouped.

The chart needs a lot of footnotes for each school to identify its mission and the complete financial impact of its sponsored athletics.

Posted by: Woody | Jun 28, 2011 12:00:41 PM

It's nice to see Rutgers, after defaulting on raises to its faculty, ranks #1 in support for a mediocre athletic program. How we are supposed to recruit new faculty in this env. is beyond me.

Posted by: mike livingston | Jun 29, 2011 6:45:25 AM

My first writing assignment in Freshman Comp 101 was to write a five-page essay on the "function of the university." Over the last 30 years or so, I have learned the answer, confirmed by this article. The function of the university in the United States is to serve as a farm system for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and other assorted professional sports businesses.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jun 29, 2011 7:20:48 AM