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Which college sports make or lose money

NCAA to allow Ohio State to benefit from cheatng

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There you have it. So much for a new push for enforcement against top athletic departments. The NCAA had Ohio State dead to rights. Jim Tressel filed a false affidavit. By their own precedent, they should get hammered worse than USC. But since it's Ohio State, of course they won't. Predictable. Is there any doubt left that UNC too will be allowed to make out ahead for having used ineligible players? The only question left is why people actually believe the NCAA's periodically-repeating rounds of tough talk, when decades of evidence point towards selective enforcement and double standards.

How not to report on sports business, pt. 2

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Via mgoblog comes an underwhelming piece of reporting from ESPN's Outside the Lines. Just like Forbes, ESPN (at the minimum two of their reporters) don't give proper weight to the basic concept that subsidy from a university's general fund does not constitute profit under any commonly-accepted definition of the term. Whatever quibbles may exist when it comes to accounting minutiae aren't nearly as big of an issue. Outside the Lines didn't cite faulty numbers out for intellectual reasons. They did it because anyone can pull up those figures in minutes, whereas actually filing FOIA requests to pull up each athletic department's Revenue and Expense reports would be lengthy and time consuming. It's a lot easier to take the easy way out and find an academic willing to launder your figures with unwarranted credibility. Brian Cook does a fantastic job ripping the report to pieces, as linked above. Furthermore, I'd like to add that looking at the NCAA's Aggregate Revenue and Expense reports identifies a better scapegoat for why teams don't pay players. On average, only two sports make money: football and men's basketball. This discussion is limited without confronting the elephant in the room that those two sports usually bear the burden for subsidizing the rest of an athletic department's activities, many of which are unfunded mandates stemming from Title IX.

Get ready for misleading data

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Brett McMurphy reports that the U.S. Department of Education has released its annual Equity in Athletics report. This should be fodder for a lot of discussion ("Rutgers spends $19.5 million on football!"), but in reality it's not particularly useful. No, it's highly unlikely that Rutgers athletics broke even last year, although the "real" figure won't be out for some time. That's because the OPE data does not distinguish between revenue sources, so it's too easy for universities to cook the books by subsidizing athletics with direct institutional support from a school's general fund. As always, the gold standard is USA Today's database (last updated in April with the 2008 data), which is painstakingly compiled through public records requests.

Quincy Douby alleged to have taken payoff from agent while in college

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Quincy Douby alleged to have taken payoff from agent while in college

NCAA releases graduation success rate data

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NCAA releases graduation success rate data

Vision Quest: Rutgers athletics moves into new media

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How one alumnus is helping Rutgers athletics use social and new media as promotional tools.

In a similar vein, the median institutional subsidy for athletics in the FBS rose from around $8...

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In a similar vein, the median institutional subsidy for athletics in the FBS rose from around $8 million in 2007-8 to more than $10 million in 2008-9. This reliance on institutional funds has increased as the growth in median revenue generated directly by athletics programs in the FBS — via sources such as ticket sales and media contracts — slowed to nearly 6 percent from 2008 to 2009. This is down significantly from the 17 percent growth in revenue from 2007 to 2008. By comparison, total athletics expenses sped in the other direction, ballooning by nearly 11 percent. This is double the growth in expenses from 2007 to 2008.

According to the NCAA, only 14 FBS athletic departments made a profit in 2008-2009, down from 25 only a couple of years ago. This graphic is really telling. Men's football and men's basketball are the only athletic department programs that make a profit on average, with women's basketball generating the largest loss. According to the report "60 percent of teams have generated such surpluses in each of the past six years".

In memoriam of the Bylaw Blog

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In last week's loss of the Bylaw Blog (I think I have a rough idea of how its author Compliance Guy was outed, but don't really care to delve into that or other meta topics right now), the college...

Reforming APR

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As good as Rutgers football always doing so well in the APR is, it has to be acknowledged that the system has a lot of flaws. Kudos to USA Today on this story. They always seem to do pretty good...

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