A little friendly propaganda from the Athletic Department, mailed out to donors/Victors Club members today:
It is really basic, non-news. Every good MGoBlogger should already know all of this info. If you don't, memorize it so that you can correct some of the dumbest guests at your next tailgate.
And I actually think that the video understated one of the remarkable features of University/Athletic Dept. relations; if I am not mistaken ALL of our scholarship athletes, at least in football and basketball, have their tuition paid to the University general fund by the Athletic Department at out of state rates.
I was also gratified to hear how important PSD's were to State Street's departmental budget. Scrolling down to the pie charts was a bit more informative than the video. All of the Victors Club members to whom this was sent will like that; it was presumably no accident in the way it was mentioned. With nearly a quarter of the departmental revenues coming from PSD's, someone might think we'd rate some decent parking places, ya know? The donors are bigger than all of the tv revenues! And we dwarf the licensing revenues. Uniformz, anybody?
Anyway, this video unsurprisingly sheds no light on the big problem in modern administration of an Athletic Department like Michigan's; Title IX. There was no specific discussion of the costs to the department in funding the large array of Title IX-mandated costs. I'd have liked it if they had given us some indication as well as to where costs are spiking the most. Administration personnel are 35% of the budget outflow. Something like 16% to other operating costs. It isn't clear how those costs are divided up over the Title IX-mandates.
I suspect that one of the things that John U. Bacon's new book is going to focus on is the soaring cost of these major college athletic operations; the time will soon come for Michigan to explain itself in that regard.