Comparison Of Athletic Departments' Operating Budgets (U-M in the Black)

Comparison Of Athletic Departments' Operating Budgets (U-M in the Black)

Submitted by Everyone Murders on May 15th, 2012 at 9:13 AM

USA Today has a breakdown on Athletic Department budgets, showing who's running a surplus and who's not.  Michigan fares well, as do OSU and PSU.  MSU comes in at sixth, with NW is not ranked (due to being private, no doubt).  Iowa comes in higher than I would have guessed, but they are about the only game in town for Iowans.

Article is here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/story/2012-05-14/ncaa-college-athletics-finances-database/54955804/1#mainstory .

Tables (taken from a Freep article - boo Freep, but credit where credit's due - http://www.freep.com/article/20120515/SPORTS06/205150442/Fiscal-study-Michigan-athletics-are-self-reliant?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports ) below.  The Freep article defines "subsidy" as:

Subsidies are split into four streams of allocated revenue: 1) Student fees charged for athletics, 2) direct institutional support (cash allocated to athletic department from the university), 3) direct state or government support, 4) indirect facilities and administrative support (facilities provided by university and not charged to athletic department).

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, MSU and Indiana "subsidize" quite a bit, although I'm not quite sure what all that implies (please share any insights or theories in the comments).

TOP FIVE

 

 

School Revenue Expenses Subsidies Subsidies %
1. Texas $150,295,926 $133,686,815 $0 0%
2. Ohio State $131,815,821 $122,286,869 $0 0%
3. Alabama $124,498,616 $105,068,152 $5,235,300 4.2%
4. Florida $123,514,257 $107,157,831 $4,367,071 3.5%
5. Michigan $122,739,052 $111,844,553 $272,684 0.2%

 

BIG TEN

 

 

School Revenue Expenses Subsidies Subsidies %
1. Ohio State $131,815,821 $122,286,869 $0 0%
2. Michigan $122,739,052 $111,844,553 $272,684 0.2%
3. Penn State $116,118,025 $101,336,483 $0 0%
4. Wisconsin $96,288,191 $95,623,345 $7,237,901 7.5%
5. Iowa $93,353,561 $88,057,486 $564,680 0.6%
6. Michigan State $84,510,199 $84,004,229 $3,650,280 4.3%
7. Nebraska $83,679,756 $81,916,484 $0 0%
8. Minnesota $78,924,683 $78,924,683 $7,778,861 9.9%
9. Illinois $77,863,883 $73,476,818 $3,983,640 5.1%
10. Indiana $71,017,355 $69,314,511 $2,686,769 3.8%
11. Purdue $66,202,493 $59,429,383 $0 0%
Northwestern N/A N/A N/A N/A