[B][COLOR=Green]Hey Admins, can we sticky this useful info to the top of the football board?[/COLOR][/B]
10:58 AM EDT on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
By DAVID SCOTT / The Charlotte Observer
A Potential Football Budget
Darin Spease, senior associate athletics director for business, presented an estimated annual cost for a potential 49ers football program Tuesday:
Coaches salaries/benefits $1.3 million
Scholarships $1.8 million
Game guarantees $300,000
Video operations $75,000
Car allowances $54,000
Administrative travel $35,000
Training room/insurance $175,000
Other expenses $150,000
Total football expenses $4.9 million
Full-time staff salary/benefits $677,000
Part-time staff salary/benefits $90,000
Student staff $20,000
Total football support expenses $787,000
Stadium (rent, operational) $196,000
Total football- related expenses $5.9 million
Title IX expansion salaries $900,000
Total $1.6 million
Facility upkeep $120,000
Marching band $250,000
Total expansion expenses $3 million
TOTAL FOOTBALL EXPENSES
According to an estimate provided by Darin Spease, senior associate athletics director for business, the 49ers’ athletics expense budget would increase from $10.5 million in 2005-06 to $19.4 million for a football program that would kick off in 2012. The number of students who play sports at the school could increase from 240 to more than 400.
The committee hopes to have a recommendation on whether to add football by early 2008.
So, of the estimated $8.9 million that would be pumped into the budget mostly because of football, $1.6 million would be earmarked to add women’s sports – possibly field hockey, lacrosse or swimming. There would be about another 100 female athletes because of the addition of the football team (about 100 players).
“All these figures were realistic,” said committee chairman Mac Everett. “There was nothing left out.”
Spease’s figures even included $250,000 for a marching band.
Spease estimated the program would break even with another $8.9 million in revenues, including $5.9 million based in student-fee increases. Other revenue would come from nonconference away-game guarantees, ticket sales and corporate and donor support.
The fee increase amounts to $300 per student. In a student poll conducted last winter, about 20 percent indicated they would pay up to $400 more to support football, which would begin on the Division I-AA level before moving up to I-A after a minimum of four seasons.
Not included in the football expenses were capital expansion estimates, which would include an on-campus stadium ($75 million) and other new field and facility costs of more than $33 million.
The 49ers would play in a rented facility – perhaps Memorial Stadium – before their stadium could be built.