Financing College Sports

  • Do intercollegiate sports make or lose money?

  • What are the most important revenue sources for college sports and how important are cash contributions from alumni and outside donors?

  • How important are athletic scholarships in college athletic budgets?

  • How much do money-losing sports cost colleges?
  • The drive to require equal opportunities for men and women in intercollegiate sports has forced colleges to publish some financial information about their sports programs. Colleges must file annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) reports to the federal government.

    An analysis of the EADA reports for the 2007-2008 academic year presents data that permit an informed discussion of the above questions. Readers are advised to access the data on their own for an analysis of schools not examined or of other issues on which the data might shed light

    An additional analysis of eight of the Big Ten schools' full EADA reports also addresses the above questions. It concludes that intercollegiate sports system is a highly expensive and inefficient way to provide athletic and educational opportunities for men and women when the sports lose money.

    Click here to access a summary of the 2007-2008 EADA Reports

    Click here for the report on Big Ten full reports(356 kb PDF file)

    Click on the university names below to access their EADA reports.

    University of Minnesota (75.7 kb PDF file)

    University of Iowa (75.9 kb PDF file)

    Michigan State University (2.0 MB PDF file)

    Purdue University (75.9 kb PDF file)

    University of Illinois (1 MB PDF file)

    University of Wisconsin (308 kb Excel file)