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Old 05-23-2016, 12:59 PM
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Default Public (taxpayer) money subsidizing University Athletic Departments

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a few big colleges have enough athletic revenue to cover all their expenses, but not many
(this article cites only LSU)

but even many big schools (they cite Florida & Florida State) still draw money from "public subsidies"..
http://www.news-press.com/story/opin...ties/84514592/

and at most mid-majors.....
"subsidies accounted for 65% plus of athletic budgets at over 120 public universities....and 80% or more of the athletic budget at 40 public universities"
NJIT is at 91%...of their athletics is funded by public subsidies..
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:48 PM
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It is no surprise that most college athletics are subsidized with taxpayer money. It is also the case, and probably more drastic, at the public high school level. That is the way it has always been. Particularly at the high school level, there is no way you can generate enough revenue from gate receipts to pay for coaches and the teams and/or programs they work with. The only solution is to eliminate athletics. Eliminating athletics is like eliminating neighborhood schools. Nobody has a problem with it until it is theirs.
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:05 PM
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budget issues in Alaska have forced University of Alaska-Fairbanks to consider dropping more sports...

the problem is that they are already at the minimum that NCAA allows....
if they drop even one more sport they could be decertified by NCAA then probably have to drop out of the NCAA.
http://www.newsminer.com/sports/uaf_...9d7220376.html


..where that matters most is their ice hockey program, which is top notch, has placed players in the NHL,
and which generates upwards of $300,000 in revenue for the city of Fairbanks, since they often sell out the downtown arena with their games...

If Nanooks hockey was eliminated because of budgets, the impact would be immeasurable, and not just for UAF.
... it would have a significant impact on the Carlson Center....because it was designed specifically
for the University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey team.
..the Carlson Center generates about $200,000 to $300,000 in revenue each year from UAF hockey games.."
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overspending...underproduction....declining attendance ... drop in donor support...

and suddenly Washington State finds themselves bleeding out $15 mil this past year in losses - added to a loss in 2014-15 as well...
Last year's loss was somewhat blunted by a one-time $7 mil cash payout from the Pac-12 media deals...
http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/u...6-fiscal-year/
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Interesting story - Univ. of Maryland..
wants to build huge new Athletic facility...

was planning to get $25 million from the state in taxpayer funds - but when they didn't get as much as they wanted they just jacked up tuition so everyone else who wanted to go to the Maryland flagship state university would have to pay for it..
http://canmua.net/maryland/colleges-...es-892121.html


another big state school, NMSU, having financial problems..spending way more than they have...
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/spor...dget/85369734/
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overspending...underproduction....declining attendance ... drop in donor support...

and suddenly Washington State finds themselves bleeding out $15 mil this past year in losses ...
lots of finger pointing - sounds familiar....but here is was in charge at University of Washington and who signed all those checks that led to the WASTE.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-...owing-deficit/
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:50 PM
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now in addition to sports programs being in jeopardy -
WIU is cutting degree programs in African-American Studues, Women's Studies and Religious Studies
http://wqad.com/2016/06/08/wiu-may-c...e&preview=true
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...607-story.html
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Here's a nice use $$ that I think will end up costing taxpayer funds...

University of Tennessee just negotiated a $2.48 MILLION settlement to avoid a lawsuit against the university and the athletic department, claiming a Title IX violation and that they maintained a "hostile sexual environment."
They have also paid well over $220,000 in other legal expenses and the case never even got to trial.
UT also has recently paid out over $1.5 million in other similar lawsuits
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local/u...385623781.html


Immediately after the settlement - Tennessee officials went public to defend themselves - claiming they are INNOCENT, they did not do anything wrong, and said "...all along there's nothing wrong with the culture surrounding their athletic program."
http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/...385631211.html
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Another report on how much taxpayer money and how much STATE funds go to supporting pubic university ATHLETICS!
don't believe me - just read....

-Western Michigan University takes $25.8 MILLION
"subsidy — which largely consists of dollars transferred from the general fund to pay for athletics"

-EMU, CMU and WMU combined to take $72.6 MILLION of taxpayer funds to float their Athletic Departments

-"This is real money we're talking about, money that many of these students are going to pay back, with interest.
It means that students are taking out larger loans, not for educational purposes but to help subsidize the football program."


-"The biggest sports budget culprit is football spending.."
"..achieving a self-sustaining program is "not possible""


-"...three of every four dollars spent on athletics ..... came from money generated outside of the athletics department.."

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/...s_subsidi.html


So, the next time someone tells us that "their athletics department is self-sustaining"
this study proves it isn't even close for most state universities...that even top tier mid-majors don't come within even 75% of being self-sustaining and instead draw their funds from multiple other sources that are largely out of the pocket of enrolled students, their families, or the taxpayers.
Pretty amazing that private schools can even stay close but they do... our staff is now doing a great job and no longer wasting and overspending and cutting programs and events and downsizing like the previous administration was doing.


In fact, just a couple years ago - an ISU fan claimed their Athletic Department budget was fully covered by their revenue, ticket sales, etc., and that their athletics didn't cost anyone anything and was fully self-sufficient.
But numbers from the State of Illinois showed the ISU Athletics Department was only about 25% self-sufficient and 75% of their revenue came from the University's general fund, from student "fees", and from other taxpayer sources.
Here is that thread..
http://bradleyfans.com/vb/showpost.p...0&postcount=20
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Old 11-17-2016, 04:06 PM
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NCAA data

only 3% of college (DI) Athletic Departments (only 7 out of all of Division I)
...".. truly break even (or make a profit) on an operating basis." (without using funds from general university sources or donations)

so the claims that many people & schools make that their athletic department is self-sufficient - are untrue.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancrai.../#57679ad56cd5
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...on-i/27971457/
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Running out of money...North Dakota drops 3 sports
Including their women's ice hockey which was one of the strongest such programs nationally
http://www.grandforksherald.com/spor...omens-swimming
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updated report on what schools spend on athletics
Only a little more than a dozen or two actually take in as much revenue as they spend....all large football schools...while almost all others subsidize sports with student funds or taxpayer revenue.

http://sports.usatoday.com/ncaa/finances/
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Time for NCAA & Schools to tell NFL they will no longer recruit, train, support (food, lodging, health care, entertain) and pay for their 'minor league of their future players without compensation.
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bad economic news at Northern Iowa
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...ad6231e51bb48e
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Washington State tried to make every student mandatorily pay up $265 to support Athletics - to bail out their $4.5 mil deficit
...but the students rejected it

https://dailyevergreen.com/26410/new...ss-voted-down/
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