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All Eyes on the ACC
With a grant-of-rights agreement, a new media deal with ESPN and steps toward an ACC network, the ACC is on a roll. SportsBusiness Journal, 5-6-13
The NCAA had a
The NCAA’s $71 million surplus was an all-time best for the organization, increasing its year-end net assets to more than $566 million. USA Today, 5-1-13
Revenue & Expenses Report . . . NCAA D1 Intercollegiate Athletics Programs Report, 2004-2012
Here’s a summary of a prodigiously detailed report of 108 pages. NCAA.org, May 2013
Success in March Madness does not mean a payday awaits
Studies show that schools struggle to increase revenue following a NCAA title. Businessweek.com, 3-21-13
USA Today article conveniently understates athletics' financial contributions, says D1 AD
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Article blatantly ignores sizable athletics dollar benefits to universities. By Rob Spear, University of Idaho AD, 3-25-13
Razorback Athletics economic catalyst for state
According to a recent independent study, Arkansas athletics has had an annual estimated economic impact of $153.6 million and will generate an additional $239.7 million impact from planned construction activity. arkansasrazorbacks.com, 2-8-13
Tennessee has bitten off more than it can chew
The Volunteers have the highest debt total in the SEC. SportsBusiness Daily, 1-28-13
One big step for college football; a giant leap for the SEC
The Southeastern Conference is poised to rocket itself into conference stratosphere. USA Today, 1-16-13
Report Describes Big Gaps in Athletic vs. Academic Spending
A Delta Cost Project report reveals that public universities in the six most powerful conferences surpassed $100,000 per player in median annual athletic spending in 2010. Chronicle of Higher Education, 1-16-13
ADs react to stipend issue
The $2,000 stipend initiative crashed and burned, but in April there will be another go at it. You can count on it. CBSSports, 1-4-13
The Latest Stats: Athletic Revenues for D1-A Schools
DOE EADA figures show there are now 11 schools in the $100 million Club. AL.com, 12-5-12
ESPN puts early value on playoff: Close to $500 million per yr
It’s not confirmed, it’s a high-side estimate, but it’s $150 million more than initially projected. CBSSports, 11-8-12
College football revenue increased by fans' contributions and tax break
Fans ‘donate’ untaxed millions to secure season tickets. Kansascity.com, 10-18-12
College sports ticket tax breaks: over $100 million?
Total deductions for charitable contributions to education cost the Treasury $5.7 billion this year, and college sports tickets are about one-fifty-seventh of that. Bloomberg, 10-26-12
NCAA’s growing revenues are higher than ever
Assets pass $500 million including an endowment fund that reached $260 million. USA Today, 10-15-12
Unpaid Student Loans create business opportunities
Unpaid student loans have increased in recent years giving debt collectors business. NY Times, 10-8-12
The Multi-Billion Dollar Industry of Youth Sports
Parents are spending more than ever on their children to help them pursue playing professional sports. Press Box Online, 9-19-12
Playoff revenue sub-committee getting down to nitty gritty
The devil’s details include “contract” bowls, access vs. revenue and the line between haves & have-nots. CBSSports, 9-4-12
Will increased conference distributions reduce subsidies?
Bigger conference distributions should reduce subsidies for athletics programs, right? Maybe. Arizona Republic, 8-18-12
T. Boone Pickens is one of a small handful of outsized donors throughout college athletics. Keeping him happy is a special challenge. Wall Street Journal, 7-6-12
NCAA president: Conference realignment "a market shakedown"
When people on the street use the word “gazillion,” it means one thing, when the president of the NCAA does, it is quite another thing. CBSSports.com, 5-31-12
TX prez: Finances could cause split in NCAA football
President William Powers says he's not advocating or predicting it, but he suggests it's time to address the question of whether there might be a split of the nation’s top 50 or so schools in the upper football division of D1. USA TODAY 5-14-12
An impending crisis in paying for college?
A lengthy New York Times report paints a bleak picture about substantially rising indebtedness for college costs. NY Times, 5-13-12
CHE: "Rutgers Students Pay Nearly $1,000 Each to Finance Athletics"
It is really tough to become a Papa Bear-sized program. Chronicle of Higher Education, 5-4-12
CBSSports: Knight Commission proposes BCS revenue distribution based on grad rates
Payouts would be based on academic standards and not on-the-field performance or market value. CBSSports.com, 4-26-12
How Much Is A Four-Team Playoff Worth?
An informed estimate pegs the new rights fee at a half billion dollars. . . . with a “b.” Outkick the Coverage, 4-25-12
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