FBS Schools Spend 6.7x More Per Athlete than Per Student

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:02 PM ... your-money

In the SEC, its 12.2 times higher: $163,931 versus $13,390. And that is for ALL athletes, not just football or men's basketball.

At FBS programs, funding largely comes from the Big Three: ticket sales, TV/bowl revenue, and donations combine to make up two-thirds of the average program's revenue. But perhaps we should make that the Big Four—institutional support and student fees combine to cover nearly 18 percent of the average program's intake. This puts the lie to the concept that most schools' athletic programs are self-supporting. The study finds that less than a quarter of FBS programs generated more money than they spent, with the difference coming directly from university subsidies and fees paid by all enrolled students. If you're a college student, odds are good you're directly paying for your school's teams.

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