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  • Subsidies For D-I Athletic Departments See Greatest Year-Over-Year Spike Since '05

    Subsidies for all Division I NCAA athletic departments in '12 rose by nearly $200M compared to '11, the "greatest year-over-year dollar increase in the subsidy total" since the data was first compiled in FY '04-05, according to Berkowitz, Upton & Brady of USA TODAY. American Council of Trustees and Alumni President Anne Neal said athletics departments getting subsidy money when they are self-sufficient "raises a major question about institutions, which are always trying to play catch-up in the athletic realm, relying on institutional and government subsidies and student fees to make ends meet at a time when we have very limited resources." She added, "And that raises questions as to whether institutions are paying attention to their primary purpose, which is education." Just 23 of 228 athletics departments at NCAA Division I public schools "generated enough money on their own to cover their expenses" in '12. Of that group, 16 schools "also received some type of subsidy." LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue and Texas were the "only schools to report no subsidy money" (USA TODAY, 5/8). The chart below lists the 23 D-I public universities whose athletic programs generated enough money from media rights contracts, ticket sales, donations and other sources (not including subsidies from institutional or government support or student fees) to cover their expenses.

    SCHOOL
    TOTAL
    REVENUE
    GENERATED
    REVENUE
    SUBSIDY
    TOTAL OPER.
    EXPENSES
    DIFF.
    Texas A&M
    $119,702,222
    $114,502,222
    $5,200,000
    $81,792,118
    $32,710,104
    Texas
    $163,295,115
    $163,295,115
    $0
    $138,269,710
    $25,025,405
    Michigan
    $140,131,187
    $139,872,302
    $258,885
    $115,200,187
    $24,672,115
    Ohio State
    $142,043,057
    $142,043,057
    $0
    $124,419,412
    $17,623,645
    Arkansas
    $99,757,482
    $97,808,302
    $1,949,180
    $82,470,473
    $15,337,829
    LSU
    $114,787,786
    $114,787,786
    $0
    $101,989,116
    $12,798,670
    Florida
    $120,772,106
    $116,415,649
    $4,356,457
    $105,102,198
    $11,313,451
    Alabama
    $124,899,945
    $119,438,745
    $5,461,200
    $108,204,867
    $11,233,878
    Oklahoma
    $106,456,616
    $106,456,616
    $0
    $96,250,328
    $10,206,288
    Kansas State
    $63,271,615
    $60,535,682
    $2,735,933
    $50,994,785
    $9,540,897
    Washington
    $82,594,783
    $79,529,283
    $3,065,500
    $73,833,643
    $5,695,640
    Auburn
    $105,951,251
    $101,734,643
    $4,216,608
    $96,315,831
    $5,418,812
    Nebraska
    $81,631,252
    $81,631,252
    $0
    $77,037,282
    $4,593,970
    Texas Tech
    $67,928,350
    $64,174,371
    $3,753,979
    $60,346,836
    $3,827,535
    Kentucky
    $88,373,452
    $87,546,280
    $827,172
    $84,929,819
    $2,616,461
    Purdue
    $70,624,394
    $70,624,394
    $0
    $68,056,269
    $2,568,125
    Oregon
    $94,635,829
    $92,159,969
    $2,475,860
    $89,709,350
    $2,450,619
    Florida State*
    $100,049,444
    $92,270,583
    $7,778,861
    $90,278,878
    $1,991,705
    Michigan State
    $93,946,707
    $89,739,977
    $4,206,730
    $88,100,432
    $1,639,545
    Penn State
    $108,252,281
    $108,252,281
    $0
    $107,389,258
    $863,023
    Tennessee
    $102,884,286
    $101,884,286
    $1,000,000
    $101,292,015
    $592,271
    South Carolina
    $87,608,352
    $85,270,084
    $2,338,268
    $84,963,037
    $307,047
    Indiana
    $72,973,954
    $70,191,874
    $2,782,080
    $69,915,060
    $276,814
     

    NOTES: * = Under Florida law, all state universities must retain -- and use for women’s athletics -- an amount equal to sales taxes they collect from tickets for sports events. FSU's figures were taken from its financial report to the NCAA, on which it reported as ticket revenue what athletics department spokesperson Rob Wilson said was $1.38M in retained sales tax. Ticket revenue is a form of generated revenue; the state sales-tax retention is a form of subsidy. Even with FSU’s figures adjusted, its athletics program was self-sufficient in '11-12 by $611,443.

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