Take a few minutes to read this study found by our resident education guru, R49er. If you don’t know him, R49er is one of UNC Charlotte’s finest. He is a former school superintendent of two NC counties and serves on the Board of Governors. He doesn’t post here nearly enough but when he does, it’s worth reading.
Once again, the University’s perception by the public and legislators is crucial.
Public colleges and universities with big-time intercollegiate athletic programs receive a larger annual appropriation from state governments than those that do not have such programs and successful programs generate larger increases in appropriations than unsuccessful ones. Defeating an in-state rival public institution on the field also leads to increases in appropriations. However, the indirect financial benefits flowing from big-time football programs appear to be modest. A successful football season might increase state appropriations by 5% to 8% in the following year, and a team with a respectable losing record might garner a 2% to 4% increase, other things equal. These increases in appropriation support the predictions of Becker’s (1983) model of competition among political interest groups.
[COLOR=Green][B]In terms of the ongoing debate on the profitability of intercollegiate athletic programs, this research shows that the overall economic benefits generated by big-time athletic programs are larger than previously thought. A larger number of athletic programs at public universities probably generate positive economic returns for the institution in any given year. Furthermore, the indirect economic benefits described here go into the general revenue fund at institutions, not directly to the athletic program. In this sense, they may help to further the broader educational and research missions of public colleges and universities.[/B][/COLOR][/QUOTE]
Link: [URL=http://www.umbc.edu/economics/wpapers/wp_03_102.pdf][B]The Relationship Between Big-Time College Football and State Appropriations to Higher Education[/B][/URL], UMBC Department of Economics