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Volume 25 No. 133

Colleges

Iowa's basketball revenue has fallen short of expectations in both of the past two years
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Univ. of Iowa athletics revenue came in "below expectations for the budget year that ended June 30 -- thanks, in part, to subpar football and basketball income," according to Vanessa Miller of the Cedar Rapids GAZETTE. Although the $116.2M in total Iowa athletics revenue for FY '18 was $839,111 below the budgeted $117.1M, it still "represented an increase" over '17 revenue. Total UI athletics revenue in '17 reached $115.1M. Big Ten contributions have "helped sustain a UI athletics program that saw football and basketball revenue fall short of expectations" in both '17 and '18. In the budget year that just ended, Iowa "football generated" $21.7M -- below its $23.5M budget and last year’s $24.1M total. Iowa football and basketball "overspent their budgets" in '17 and '18 -- with football in '17 overspending by $2.8M and then by more than $865,000 in the "most recent budget year." Meanwhile, both Northern Iowa and Iowa State athletics saw "income above budget and above last year’s totals." UNI brought in $14.4M, and ISU generated $83.6M -- which was $7.8M "above budget" and $5.6M "above last year." ISU was the "only one among the three schools to top its budget in football and basketball revenue" in '18 -- bringing in $10.7M for football, or $308,810 above budget (Cedar Rapids GAZETTE, 11/10).

Husky Stadium has an average paid attendance of 69,588, which ranks first in the Pac-12
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The Univ. of Washington through its first five home football games has "experienced an increase in stadium attendance from last season," according to Lauren Kirschman of the Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE. Husky Stadium has an "average paid attendance of 69,588, which ranks first in the Pac-12." Since '15, UW’s "average paid attendance has been on the rise." It was 61,919 during the '15 season, "jumped to 64,589" in '16 and was 68,822 in '17 following UW's appearance in the CFP. According to the NCAA, the boost of 4,233 from '16 to '17 was the "seventh-largest increase in the country." UW had an "average scanned attendance" of 54,479 in '17. That is a "difference of 14,473" compared to paid attendance. Meanwhile, Washington State had a "paid attendance of 31,982" in '17, and their "scanned attendance was 23,996." That means their attendance "increased by 7,986 per game." WSU has had "three paid home sellouts this season, including a season-high number of 33,152 for the game against Oregon when ESPN’s ‘College Gameday’ came to Pullman on Oct. 20." This season, WSU’s "average attendance is 31,057 through five games" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 11/10).