FY 2011 Michigan Athletic Department Budget Details

Submitted by cutter on June 22nd, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Here's the document with details on the Michigan Athletic Department's FY 2011 budget:


Since conference expansion and the Big Ten Network has been such a big topic these past weeks, I looked at the conference distributions line first. Although the document doesn't break down specific sources of football and basketball television revenue, its clear that the trend has been moving upward (dollars in millions).  Between FY 2007 and FY 2011, the increase in television revenue money will be $7.228M. 

Keep in mind that the Big Ten signed a 10-year contract with ABC/ESPN in June 2006 that started at $83M per year and will escalate over the ten-year life of the contract to average about $100M per year.  That contract coincided with the creation of the Big Ten Network.  The 10-year deal with CBS signed in 2004 is worth $2M annually.   See http://www.bigten.org/multimedia/big10-television.html and http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/58254

Actual FY 2007 - 9,371
Actual FY 2008 - 13,932
Actual FY 2009 - 14,429
Projected FY 2010 - 14,887
Budget FY 2011 - 16,597

The overall conference distributions to Michigan include the television funds mentioned above and NCAA basketball based distributions, football bowl games and other miscellaneous items. If you add these up, here's the total amounts the Big Ten has given to Michigan:

Actual FY 2007 - 14,037
Actual FY 2008 - 18,790
Actual FY 2009 - 19,173
Projected FY 2010 - 19,968
Budget FY 2011 - 22,196

This additional revenue has allowed the Athletic Department to make larger contributions to the university. In FY 2007, the contribution was $570K and in 2011, the number is budgeted at $1.970M. That means the net conference distributions budgeted for the Athletic Department is $20.226M ($22.196M minus $1.970M).

On the overall revenues side, the one line iteam that jumps up is Priority Seating and Other Annual Gifts. The FY 09/10 budget was forecast at $13.700M, but projections show a total of $19.331M. These funds come from Priority Seating Program Donations ($8.688M), Michigan Stadium Club Seating Areas ($4.745M), Michigan Stadium Suites ($3.248M) and other gifts ($2.650M). FY 2011 is budgeted at $20.972M.

The budget document notes that piority and premium seating gifts are recorded in the year which they are received. Revenue from collected ticket sales associated with premium areas is deferred at year end and is recorded in spectator admissions revenue in the fiscal year in which the associated games are played. The gross revenues for Michigan Stadium Premium Seating in FY 2011 are budgeted at $11.017M ($9.684M in donations, $1.333M in ticket revenue).

If you look at the Spectator Admissions revenue, it confirms someting we've known about stadium expansion (which eluded the "Save the Big House" people)--the major revenue comes from donations, not ticket admissions.  Actual footbal spectator admissions (which are net of associated guarantee payments to visiting schools) in FY 2009 (seven football games) was $31.698M and the projection in FY 2011 (also seven football games) is $32.598M. That's a pretty modest increase for the renovated stadium (and it also reflects the fact that San Diego State will get $1M for playing at Michigan Stadium). What that figure doesn't reflect is the donations that come with the premium seating.

On the expense side of the ledger, the projected expenses for FY 2010 are $84.860M with the FY 2011 budget at $100.307M--an increase of nearly $16M.

The biggest expense item is debt servicing that comes out to a total of $10.984M. The Michigan Stadium expansion has the largest amount of that total--$9.226M.

Its interesting to note tht the scheduled balance on the stadium expansion debt in June 2010 is $147.385M and is projected for $144.540M in June 2011. If my recollection is correct, the total project cost was in the $230M to $240M range, so that means the Athletic Department was able to put up at least $80M upfront to defray the total cost.

The budget also include the annual contribution onf $4.5M to deferred maintenance--a practice continued from Bill Martin's regime and started in FY 2003 (see more below).  A new line item has cropped up with $1.5M set aside for contingencies with respect to restructuring actions designated by Athletic Director (Line 15 of the document).  I'm predicting the Free Press will write that David Brandon has a personal slush fund.

The majority of the other expense lines are looking to increase in the five to seven percent range (5.1% for salaries, wages and benefits) with a 3.0% increase in financial aid to students, i.e. cost of scholarships paid to the university.

One important item not explicitly mentioned in the presentation, but was in the press release is that the Athletic Department had $35M in unrestricted operating reserves.  This "rainy day" fund comes from the annual contributions of over $4M made to the deferred maintenance fund since FY 2003.

See http://www.mgoblue.com/genrel/061710aaa.html

Considering the mess Bill Martin inherited from Tom Goss when he took over in March 2000, I'd have to say he did an excellent job turning around the Athletic Department's finances--the last decade has been pretty good to Michigan in that respect.




June 22nd, 2010 at 1:54 PM ^

...of the budget document.  That conference distribution number is quite an impressive figure.  Just wait until the Big Ten does its next set of negotiations with ABC/ESPN and CBS.  It could be staggering.

I see that they're expecting the Big Chill to clear about $1.425M based on the delta between FY10 and FY11 hockey gate revenues.  That's a large portion of why they're able to offset the loss of revenue associated with one fewer home football game in FY11.

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June 22nd, 2010 at 2:15 PM ^

increase in expenses in 2011 compared to 2010.  I wonder how much of that 16 is demanded by the Notre Dame night game?

Good post, BTW.  I'm naturally relieved to see no mention of maize jerseys.  (That's a JOKE right there, kids!)