College Football Marketing - Week 7

College Football Marketing/PR: Week 7 Hits and Misses

College Football Marketing - Week 7

Every week during college football season, my colleague Allison Banko and I will be blogging about marketing and public relations hits and misses from the previous week. See anything that should make our list? Let us know by email or tweet us: @SportsBizMiss or @AllisonBanko!

Click here to read our Week 7 hits and misses.

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College football marketing/public relations: Week 6 hits and misses

College Football marketing Week 6

My apologies, but an issue with our site prevented me from posting Week 6 of our weekly feature on college football marketing/public relations hits and misses here on BusinessofCollegeSports.com last week. You can always find it on Tuesdays on our Reputation Ink blog. In fact, Week 7 will be available later today.

For those unfamiliar with this series, every week during college football season, my colleague Allison Banko and I will be blogging about marketing and public relations hits and misses from the previous week. See anything that should make our list? Let us know by email or tweet us: @SportsBizMiss or @AllisonBanko!

Click here to read about Week 6 hits and misses.

Most Profitable #6

Most Profitable College Football Programs: #6 Alabama

Most Profitable #6I recently wrote a piece for Smarty Cents about the finances of college football programs – where does the money come from (other than television), where does it go and who makes the most?

Now, I’m breaking down the Top 10 most profitable (with nonprofits it’s technically net revenue, not profit, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue) college football programs from 2012-2013. I’ve already posted #1 (Texas), #2 (Michigan), #3 (Georgia), #4 (Florida) and #5 LSU.

#6 Alabama

Football Revenues

Ticket Sales $36,199,233.00
Student Fees $0.00
Guarantees $0.00
Contributions $18,864,861.00
Compensation and Benefits Provided by a Third Party (car stipend, country club membership, entertainment allowance, clothing allowance, speaking fees, housing allowance, compensation from camps, radio/tv income, and shoe and apparel income) $203,412.00
Indirect Institutional Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the university and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Direct Institutional Support (institutional resources provided for athletics and unrestricted funds allocated to athletics by the university) $0.00
Government Support $0.00
NCAA and Conference Distributions $15,832,996.00
Broadcast, Television, Radio and Internet Rights (those not covered by conference-wide contracts) $7,248,639.00
Program Sales, Concessions, Novelty Sales and Parking $46,467.00
Royalties, Licensing, Advertisements and Sponsorships $1,297,257.00
Sport Camps $584,616.00
Endowment and Investment Income $311,143.00
Other $8,097,317.00
TOTAL $88,685,941.00

Football Expenses

Athletic Student Aid (i.e., tuition, room and board) $3,632,607.00
Guarantees (amounts paid to visiting teams) $2,475,000.00
Head Coach Salary/Benefits/Bonuses $6,385,824.00
Asst Coaches Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $5,571,481.00
Support Staff Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $2,896,666.00
Severance Payments $141,476.00
Recruiting $983,721.00
Team Travel $3,432,188.00
Equipment, Uniforms and Supplies $1,576,657.00
Game Expenses $2,918,745.00
Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion $4,273,408.00
Sport Camps $647,774.00
Direct Facilities, Maintenance and Rental (costs charged to athletics for building and grounds maintenance, utilities, rental fees, operating leases, equipment repair and maintenance, and debt service) $2,579,734.00
Spirit Groups (support for bands, cheerleaders, mascots, dancers, etc.) $229,553.00
Indirect Facilities and Administrative Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the institution and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Medical Expenses and Medical Insurance $1,237,426.00
Memberships and Dues $2,506.00
Other $2,565,174.00
TOTAL $41,549,940.00

 

Alabama’s $47.1 million in net revenue from football is good enough for sixth in the nation behind Texas, Michigan, UGA, Florida and LSU. It was also plenty to cover the $14.9 million lost by sports other than football and men’s basketball (which had $5.8 million in net revenue). However, Alabama also reported $44.9 million in operating expenses not attributed to just one sport, offset by only $34 million in non-attributed revenue.

Like the other five athletic departments I’ve detailed at the top of this list, Alabama contributed back to the University for non-athletic initiatives to the tune of $5.9 million. After its expenses, the Crimson Tide reported $21.2 million in net revenue for the athletic department in 2012-2013.

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The data presented here comes from financial reports the schools file with the NCAA. You may notice the numbers vary slightly from the Department of Education data I shared on Smarty Cents, but that’s because the reporting guidelines are slightly different. The reports filed with the NCAA are more accurate, but unfortunately they’re unavailable for private universities, because they aren’t subject to public records requests. Accordingly, I created the Top 10 list using Department of Education data (which does include private universities), but I’m sharing with you the more detailed data from the reports filed with the NCAA.

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College Athletics Construction Roundup: October 2014

College Athletics Construction RoundupCongrats to former “College Athletics Construction Roundup” writer Luke Mashburn on joining the staff at Sam Houston State.  I’ll be taking over from him and providing the facility updates moving forward.

The “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities.  Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country.

FOOTBALL

Early fundraising success has led Arizona State to amend the Sun Devil Stadium renovation plan budget to $256 million. The amended plan includes an 84,500 square foot student-athletic building.

Texas A&M will spend $300,000 to replace the turf at Kyle Field after a downpour dislodged some of turf during the previous home game against Rice. Work will be completed before the Aggies’ next home game on October 11.

One of just two SEC programs without an indoor practice facility, Georgia has authorized $400,000 to an architectural firm to design and find a location for a new structure.

Florida A&M debuted its new club seating with capacity of up to 800 people. The six climate-controlled tents offer a buffet, open bar and television viewing.

Expansion of Navy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has entered Phase IV, adding 7,000 square feet of hospitality space on either side of the television booth.

Boston College unveiled LED ribbon displays and two video boards using 13HD technology in Alumni Stadium.

Wake Forest broke ground on a new field house featuring a 120-yard artificial turf field. While a football facility, all of Wake’s athletic teams will be able to use the facility.

Marshall dedicated its new $14 million practice facility. The 105,000 square foot facility should be completely open in the next eight months.

Duke announced plans for a renovated Wallace Wade Stadium. Upgrades include 21 luxury suites and a new LED video board.

Montana unveiled new LED ribbon boards at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

BASKETBALL

Florida Gulf Coast University presented plans for a $6 million upgrade to Alico Arena. Targeted enhancements include a modern video scoreboard, dedicated athletes’ weight room and expanded coaches’ offices.

The University of Houston has begun construction on a $25 million basketball practice facility. The 53,000 square foot facility will be the headquarters for both the men’s and women’s programs. 

OLYMPIC / OTHER SPORTS

Michigan regents approved a $168 million plan for a 310,000 square foot Division I Olympic sports facility. An indoor and outdoor track venue and new lacrosse stadium will be included in the 17-acre complex.

West Virginia’s $21 million, 2,500 seat baseball stadium is on track to be completed for the 2015 baseball season.

MULTI-USE FACILITIES

Ohio University announced plans for a new academic center to be built on the north end zone of Peden Stadium. The center will be for the exclusive use of OU’s 400 student athletes.

Georgetown broke ground on the $62 million John R. Thompson Intercollegiate Athletics Center. In addition to practice courts, the new facility will have weight training, sports medicine rooms and meeting rooms for all varsity programs.

Northwestern College began construction of a new $3.2 million indoor athletic facility which will house a weight room, practice green and batting and pitching cages.

OTHER NOTES of INTEREST

Athletic Directors across the country are planning to invest in facility upgrades and the general fan experience as a way to better connect with the 21st century fan.

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Most Profitable College Football Programs: #5 LSU

Most profitable #5I recently wrote a piece for Smarty Cents about the finances of college football programs – where does the money come from (other than television), where does it go and who makes the most?

For 10 business days, I’m going to break down the Top 10 most profitable (with nonprofits it’s technically net revenue, not profit, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue) college football programs from 2012-2013. I’ve already posted #1 (Texas), #2 (Michigan), #3 (Georgia) and #4 (Florida).

#5 LSU

Football Revenues

Ticket Sales $33,171,661.00
Student Fees $0.00
Guarantees $0.00
Contributions $21,786,240.00
Compensation and Benefits Provided by a Third Party (car stipend, country club membership, entertainment allowance, clothing allowance, speaking fees, housing allowance, compensation from camps, radio/tv income, and shoe and apparel income) $635,895.00
Indirect Institutional Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the university and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Direct Institutional Support (institutional resources provided for athletics and unrestricted funds allocated to athletics by the university) $0.00
Government Support $0.00
NCAA and Conference Distributions $15,913,422.00
Broadcast, Television, Radio and Internet Rights (those not covered by conference-wide contracts) $0.00
Program Sales, Concessions, Novelty Sales and Parking $2,768,620.00
Royalties, Licensing, Advertisements and Sponsorships $0.00
Sport Camps $0.00
Endowment and Investment Income $0.00
Other $0.00
TOTAL $74,275,838.00

Football Expenses

Athletic Student Aid (i.e., tuition, room and board) $3,080,962.00
Guarantees (amounts paid to visiting teams) $2,885,000.00
Head Coach Salary/Benefits/Bonuses $4,290,781.00
Asst Coaches Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $5,871,695.00
Support Staff Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $1,520,744.00
Severance Payments $8,398.00
Recruiting $577,442.00
Team Travel $1,036,267.00
Equipment, Uniforms and Supplies $1,133,395.00
Game Expenses $886,826.00
Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion $194,927.00
Sport Camps $0.00
Direct Facilities, Maintenance and Rental (costs charged to athletics for building and grounds maintenance, utilities, rental fees, operating leases, equipment repair and maintenance, and debt service) $14,784.00
Spirit Groups (support for bands, cheerleaders, mascots, dancers, etc.) $0.00
Indirect Facilities and Administrative Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the institution and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Medical Expenses and Medical Insurance $176,138.00
Memberships and Dues $35,609.00
Other $4,109,260.00
TOTAL $25,822,228.00

The Tigers banked $48.5 million in net revenue from football in 2012-2013 – plenty to cover the $15.7 million lost by sports other than football and men’s basketball (which had $2.6 million in net revenue). However, LSU also reported $50 million in expenses not attributed to just one sport, offset by only $26.9 million in non-attributed revenue.

Like the other four athletic departments I’ve detailed at the top of this list, LSU contributed back to the University for non-athletic initiatives. The Tigers inked a check for $4.7 million and ended the 2012-2013 reporting year $7.5 million in the black.

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The data presented here comes from financial reports the schools file with the NCAA. You may notice the numbers vary slightly from the Department of Education data I shared on Smarty Cents, but that’s because the reporting guidelines are slightly different. The reports filed with the NCAA are more accurate, but unfortunately they’re unavailable for private universities, because they aren’t subject to public records requests. Accordingly, I created the Top 10 list using Department of Education data (which does include private universities), but I’m sharing with you the more detailed data from the reports filed with the NCAA.

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Most Profitable College Football Programs: #4 Florida

Most Profitable #4I recently wrote a piece for Smarty Cents about the finances of college football programs – where does the money come from (other than television), where does it go and who makes the most?

For 10 business days, I’m going to break down the Top 10 most profitable (with nonprofits it’s technically net revenue, not profit, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue) college football programs from 2012-2013. I’ve already posted #1#2 and #3.

#4 Florida

Football Revenues

Ticket Sales $21,390,665.00
Student Fees $0.00
Guarantees $500,000.00
Contributions $34,052,885.00
Compensation and Benefits Provided by a Third Party (car stipend, country club membership, entertainment allowance, clothing allowance, speaking fees, housing allowance, compensation from camps, radio/tv income, and shoe and apparel income) $200,000.00
Indirect Institutional Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the university and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Direct Institutional Support (institutional resources provided for athletics and unrestricted funds allocated to athletics by the university) $0.00
Government Support $0.00
NCAA and Conference Distributions $16,815,708.00
Broadcast, Television, Radio and Internet Rights (those not covered by conference-wide contracts) $0.00
Program Sales, Concessions, Novelty Sales and Parking $1,060,624.00
Royalties, Licensing, Advertisements and Sponsorships $825,582.00
Sport Camps $172,094.00
Endowment and Investment Income $0.00
Other $2,729.00
TOTAL $75,020,287.00

Football Expenses

Athletic Student Aid (i.e., tuition, room and board) $2,490,319.00
Guarantees (amounts paid to visiting teams) $2,700,000.00
Head Coach Salary/Benefits/Bonuses $3,063,405.00
Asst Coaches Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $3,899,761.00
Support Staff Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $1,475,809.00
Severance Payments $146,643.00
Recruiting $687,227.00
Team Travel $3,525,976.00
Equipment, Uniforms and Supplies $602,848.00
Game Expenses $4,024,092.00
Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion $223,983.00
Sport Camps $171,209.00
Direct Facilities, Maintenance and Rental (costs charged to athletics for building and grounds maintenance, utilities, rental fees, operating leases, equipment repair and maintenance, and debt service) $928,616.00
Spirit Groups (support for bands, cheerleaders, mascots, dancers, etc.) $847,035.00
Indirect Facilities and Administrative Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the institution and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Medical Expenses and Medical Insurance $279,007.00
Memberships and Dues $0.00
Other $838,623.00
TOTAL $25,904,553.00

 

If you’ve done the math, you noticed football produced excess revenue of $49.1 million. What happens to that money? Along with excess revenue from men’s basketball, it essentially funded the rest of the athletic department, which includes 523 total student athletes. Sports outside of football and men’s basketball operated at a total loss of $46.7 million, and the department had another $47 million in expenses not directly attributable to just one team, including nearly $16 million in facilities expenses (rent, utilities, maintenance, etc.).

Florida athletics also reported contributing $7.6 million to the University of Florida for non-athletic initiatives. However, thanks to $28 million in revenue not directly attributable to one sport, including nearly $6 million in endowment and investment income, and almost $16 million from television and radio (not generated at the conference level but from UF’s individual deals) and royalties/licensing revenue, the athletic department had overall net revenue of $15.5 million after its contribution to the University.

So, Florida athletics has excess revenue of $15.5 million just padding its bank account, right? Not really. It’s important to note $11.3 million of the revenue reported for 2012-2013 was generated from capital contributions – in other words, fundraising campaigns specifically for facilities projects. According to audited financials, those capital contributions were raised for the renovation of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, the “Gateway of Champions” football front door project, renovation of the Carse swim dive facility, and improvements to the lacrosse stadium and various other projects.

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The data presented here comes from financial reports the schools file with the NCAA. You may notice the numbers vary slightly from the Department of Education data I shared on Smarty Cents, but that’s because the reporting guidelines are slightly different. The reports filed with the NCAA are more accurate, but unfortunately they’re unavailable for private universities, because they aren’t subject to public records requests. Accordingly, I created the Top 10 list using Department of Education data (which does include private universities), but I’m sharing with you the more detailed data from the reports filed with the NCAA.

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College Football Marketing/PR: Week 5 Hits and Misses

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Every week during college football season, my colleague Allison Banko and I will be blogging about marketing and public relations hits and misses from the previous week. See anything that should make our list? Let us know by email or tweet us: @SportsBizMiss or @AllisonBanko!

Which school? landed in our miss column twice this week? Click here to see the answer….

Most Profitable #3

Most Profitable College Football Programs: #3 Georgia

Most Profitable #3I recently wrote a piece for Smarty Cents about the finances of college football programs – where does the money come from (other than television), where does it go and who makes the most?

For 10 business days, I’m going to break down the Top 10 most profitable (with nonprofits it’s technically net revenue, not profit, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue) college football programs from 2012-2013. I’ve already posted #1 and #2.

#3 Georgia

Football Revenues

Ticket Sales $22,514,767.00
Student Fees $154,189.00
Guarantees $0.00
Contributions $27,713,657.00
Compensation and Benefits Provided by a Third Party (car stipend, country club membership, entertainment allowance, clothing allowance, speaking fees, housing allowance, compensation from camps, radio/tv income, and shoe and apparel income) $0.00
Indirect Institutional Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the university and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Direct Institutional Support (institutional resources provided for athletics and unrestricted funds allocated to athletics by the university) $0.00
Government Support $0.00
NCAA and Conference Distributions $14,546,066.00
Broadcast, Television, Radio and Internet Rights (those not covered by conference-wide contracts) $5,725,235.00
Program Sales, Concessions, Novelty Sales and Parking $1,304,015.00
Royalties, Licensing, Advertisements and Sponsorships $5,632,768.00
Sport Camps $3,603.00
Endowment and Investment Income $0.00
Other $0.00
TOTAL
$77,594,300.00

Football Expenses

Athletic Student Aid (i.e., tuition, room and board) $2,466,052.00
Guarantees (amounts paid to visiting teams) $2,750,000.00
Head Coach Salary/Benefits/Bonuses $3,631,083.00
Asst Coaches Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $4,186,449.00
Support Staff Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $3,205,914.00
Severance Payments $0.00
Recruiting $581,531.00
Team Travel $1,373,215.00
Equipment, Uniforms and Supplies $687,579.00
Game Expenses $4,027,347.00
Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion $0.00
Sport Camps $0.00
Direct Facilities, Maintenance and Rental (costs charged to athletics for building and grounds maintenance, utilities, rental fees, operating leases, equipment repair and maintenance, and debt service) $3,014,260.00
Spirit Groups (support for bands, cheerleaders, mascots, dancers, etc.) $0.00
Indirect Facilities and Administrative Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the institution and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Medical Expenses and Medical Insurance $0.00
Memberships and Dues $0.00
Other $401,827.00
TOTAL $26,325,257.00

 

Where’s the $51.3 million in excess revenue from football? Along with excess revenue from men’s basketball, it essentially funded the rest of the athletic department, which includes 570 total student athletes. Sports outside of football and men’s basketball operated at a total loss of $16.4 million, and the department had another $40.1 million in expenses not directly attributable to just one team.

Georgia athletics also reported contributing $4.0 million to the University of Georgia for non-athletic initiatives, which resulted in Georgia athletics reporting an overall loss of $2.8 million for 2012-2013.

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The data presented here comes from financial reports the schools file with the NCAA. You may notice the numbers vary slightly from the Department of Education data I shared on Smarty Cents, but that’s because the reporting guidelines are slightly different. The reports filed with the NCAA are more accurate, but unfortunately they’re unavailable for private universities, because they aren’t subject to public records requests. Accordingly, I created the Top 10 list using Department of Education data (which does include private universities), but I’m sharing with you the more detailed data from the reports filed with the NCAA.

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Most Profitable College Football Programs: #2 Michigan

college football profit, college football revenue, college football expenseI recently wrote a piece for Smarty Cents about the finances of college football programs – where does the money come from (other than television), where does it go and who makes the most?

For 10 business days, I’m going to break down the Top 10 most profitable (with nonprofits it’s technically net revenue, not profit, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue) college football programs from 2012-2013. You can check out #1 here.

#2 Michigan

Football Revenues

Ticket Sales $36,825,136.00
Student Fees $0.00
Guarantees (revenue from away games) $4,700,000.00
Contributions $25,312,201.00
Compensation and Benefits Provided by a Third Party (car stipend, country club membership, entertainment allowance, clothing allowance, speaking fees, housing allowance, compensation from camps, radio/tv income, and shoe and apparel income) $0.00
Indirect Institutional Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the university and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Direct Institutional Support (institutional resources provided for athletics and unrestricted funds allocated to athletics by the university) $0.00
Government Support $0.00
NCAA and Conference Distributions $11,781,374.00
Broadcast, Television, Radio and Internet Rights (those not covered by conference-wide contracts) $0.00
Program Sales, Concessions, Novelty Sales and Parking $1,838,533.00
Royalties, Licensing, Advertisements and Sponsorships $0.00
Sport Camps $0.00
Endowment and Investment Income $1,017,947.00
Other $0.00
TOTAL $81,475,191.00

Football Expenses

Athletic Student Aid (i.e., tuition, room and board) $4,518,037.00
Guarantees (amounts paid to visiting teams) $1,450,000.00
Head Coach Salary/Benefits/Bonuses $3,681,653.00
Asst Coaches Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $3,826,425.00
Support Staff Salaries/Benefits/Bonuses $1,399,334.00
Severance Payments $0.00
Recruiting $664,492.00
Team Travel $2,304,097.00
Equipment, Uniforms and Supplies $966,074.00
Game Expenses $2,033,205.00
Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion $67,376.00
Sport Camps $0.00
Direct Facilities, Maintenance and Rental (costs charged to athletics for building and grounds maintenance, utilities, rental fees, operating leases, equipment repair and maintenance, and debt service) $0.00
Spirit Groups (support for bands, cheerleaders, mascots, dancers, etc.) $0.00
Indirect Facilities and Administrative Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the institution and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Medical Expenses and Medical Insurance $0.00
Memberships and Dues $2,935.00
Other $2,147,746.00
TOTAL $23,061,374.00

 

Curious where the excess $58.4 million in football revenue went? Check out my piece on Smarty Cents for the answer!

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The data presented here comes from financial reports the schools file with the NCAA. You may notice the numbers vary slightly from the Department of Education data I shared on Smarty Cents, but that’s because the reporting guidelines are slightly different. The reports filed with the NCAA are more accurate, but unfortunately they’re unavailable for private universities, because they aren’t subject to public records requests. Accordingly, I created the Top 10 list using Department of Education data (which does include private universities), but I’m sharing with you the more detailed data from the reports filed with the NCAA.

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Most Profitable College Football Programs: #1 Texas

Most Profitable #1I recently wrote a piece for Smarty Cents about the finances of college football programs – where does the money come from (other than television), where does it go and who makes the most?

For the next 10 business days, I’m going to break down the Top 10 most profitable (with nonprofits it’s technically net revenue, not profit, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue) college football programs from 2012-2013.

#1 Texas

Football Revenues

Ticket Sales $34,416,141.00
Student Fees $0.00
Guarantees $400,000.00
Contributions $30,273,294.00
Compensation and Benefits Provided by a Third Party (car stipend, country club membership, entertainment allowance, clothing allowance, speaking fees, housing allowance, compensation from camps, radio/tv income, and shoe and apparel income) $0.00
Indirect Institutional Support (the value of facilities and services provided by the university and not charged to athletics) $0.00
Direct Institutional Support (institutional resources provided for athletics and unrestricted funds allocated to athletics by the university) $0.00
Government Support $0.00
NCAA and Conference Distributions (revenue from March Madness, conference television and sponsorship deals, etc.) $15,296,660.00
Broadcast, Television, Radio and Internet Rights (those not covered by conference-wide contracts) $0.00
Program Sales, Concessions, Novelty Sales and Parking $1,520,342.00
Royalties, Licensing, Advertisements and Sponsorships $25,934,289.00
Sport Camps $325,875.00
Endowment and Investment Income $652,874.00
Other $580,224.00
TOTAL $109,399,699.00

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