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51-100 Most Profitable FBS Football and Basketball Programs

Over the past week, we’ve posted financials for every football and men’s basketball program in the FBS, with the exception of the military academies. Here are the links: ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USABig TenMACPac-12SECSun BeltMountain West and WAC. Yesterday we presented the Top 50 most profitable FBS football and men’s basketball programs.

Below you will find the 51-100 most profitable programs. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport.

Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs (with the exception of the military academies). We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

Please note: we did not rank non-AQ schools last year, so those schools will not show a rank for ’09-’10.

10-11 Rank 09-10 Rank School 10-11 Revenue 10-11 Expenses  10-11 Profit  % Invested
51 62 Kansas State (Football) $19,731,620 $10,867,052 $8,864,568 55.07%
52 56 Northwestern Univ. (Football) $28,198,769 $19,430,675 $8,768,094 68.91%
53 60 University of Texas (Basketball) $16,437,705 $8,195,360 $8,242,345 49.86%
54 45 Indiana Univ. (Football) $24,230,741 $16,112,930 $8,117,811 66.50%
55 40 Univ of Arizona (Football) $25,448,212 $17,965,169 $7,483,043 70.60%
56 50 Michigan St. (Basketball) $16,479,208 $9,263,945 $7,215,263 56.22%
57 44 Georgia Tech (Football) $22,557,020 $15,463,243 $7,093,777 68.55%
58 66 Univ of California, Berkeley (Football) $24,328,784 $17,398,649 $6,930,135 71.51%
59 58 Univ. of Tennessee (Basketball) $13,785,893 $6,863,233 $6,922,660 49.78%
60 24 West Virginia University (Football) $19,960,732 $13,230,226 $6,730,506 66.28%
61 100 Oklahoma State (Basketball) $12,262,241 $5,658,993 $6,603,248 46.15%
62 52 North Carolina State (Basketball) $10,490,494 $3,947,120 $6,543,374 37.63%
63 67 Northwestern (Basketball) $11,018,639 $4,577,278 $6,441,361 41.54%
64 54 University of Pittsburgh  (Basketball) $13,574,317 $7,181,490 $6,392,827 52.90%
65   UNLV (Basketball) $10,123,168 $3,806,508 $6,316,660 37.60%
66 71 Univ. of Kentucky (Basketball) $18,557,243 $12,355,375 $6,201,868 66.58%
67 128 Vanderbilt Univ.  (Football) $22,455,110 $16,507,997 $5,947,113 73.52%
68 63 Purdue Univ. (Football) $18,359,413 $12,420,742 $5,938,671 67.65%
69 81 University of Missouri (Basketball) $11,084,210 $5,391,400 $5,692,810 48.64%
70 68 Marquette (Basketball) $15,568,569 $10,348,303 $5,220,266 66.47%
71   Boise State (Football) $12,950,605 $7,834,316 $5,116,289 60.49%
72 55 Univ of California, Los Angeles (Football) $23,017,910 $17,913,658 $5,104,252 77.82%
73 47 Univ. of Arkansas (Basketball) $14,608,513 $9,548,135 $5,060,378 65.36%
74 65 Univ of California, Los Angeles (Basketball) $11,621,364 $6,702,818 $4,918,546 57.68%
75 69 Maryland (Basketball) $10,965,638 $6,062,659 $4,902,979 55.29%
76   BYU (Football) $15,664,108 $10,764,814 $4,899,294 68.72%
77 64 Univ of Washington (Basketball) $10,474,040 $5,702,562 $4,771,478 54.44%
78 80 Penn St. (Basketball) $9,485,900 $4,851,361 $4,634,539 51.14%
79 78 University of South Florida (Football) $17,017,821 $12,657,523 $4,360,298 74.38%
80 79 Univ. of Alabama (Basketball) $11,016,184 $6,819,080 $4,197,104 61.90%
81 98 Purdue (Basketball) $9,396,189 $5,204,365 $4,191,824 55.39%
82 89 Michigan (Basketball) $9,154,689 $5,102,129 $4,052,560 55.73%
83 70 Georgia Tech (Basketball) $8,543,269 $4,625,109 $3,918,160 54.14%
84 35 University of Missouri (Football) $24,694,807 $20,806,778 $3,888,029 84.26%
85 82 Stanford University (Football) $19,521,092 $15,888,069 $3,633,023 81.39%
86 86 Washington State (Football) $12,741,698 $9,193,553 $3,548,145 72.15%
87 75 Wake Forest (Basketball) $8,261,666 $4,773,315 $3,488,351 57.78%
88 84 Univ. of Georgia (Basketball) $8,718,363 $5,253,434 $3,464,929 60.26%
89 94 Texas A&M (Basketball) $9,786,655 $6,340,072 $3,446,583 64.78%
90 111 Duke University (Football) $18,243,589 $14,837,825 $3,405,764 81.33%
91 95 Clemson (Basketball) $7,705,630 $4,417,665 $3,287,965 57.33%
92 72 Univ. of South Carolina (Basketball) $7,849,818 $4,618,566 $3,231,252 58.84%
93   Army (Football) $8,839,775 $5,620,774 $3,219,001 63.59%
94 77 Virginia Tech (Basketball) $7,858,609 $4,782,477 $3,076,132 60.86%
95   Cal State – Fresno (Football) $10,059,929 $7,040,523 $3,019,406 69.99%
96   Wyoming (Football) $8,677,505 $5,770,034 $2,907,471 66.49%
97 88 Univ. of Mississippi (Basketball) $7,175,223 $4,270,576 $2,904,647 59.52%
98 85 Mississippi State Univ. (Basketball) $6,914,565 $4,052,623 $2,861,942 58.61%
99   Utah (Basketball) $6,220,172 $3,516,570 $2,703,602 56.53%
100 57 West Virginia University  (Basketball) $7,968,819 $5,333,891 $2,634,928 66.93%

We’ve also created a comprehensive chart with comparisons to ’09-’10: Top 51-100 Most Profitable Programs 10-11 (.pdf)

Top 50 Most Profitable FBS Football and Men’s Basketball Programs

Over the past week, we’ve posted financials for every football and men’s basketball program in the FBS, with the exception of the military academies. Here are the links: ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USABig TenMACPac-12SEC, Sun Belt, Mountain West and WAC.

Below you will find the top 50 most profitable programs. We’ll post 51-100 later today. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport.

Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs (with the exception of the military academies). We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

10-11 Rank 09-10 Rank School 10-11 Revenue 10-11 Expenses  10-11 Profit 
1 1 University of Texas (Football) $95,749,684 $24,507,352 $71,242,332
2 3 Penn State Univ. (Football) $72,747,734 $19,519,288 $53,228,446
3 2 Univ. of Georgia (Football) $74,888,175 $22,036,338 $52,851,837
4 6 Louisiana State Univ. (Football) $68,510,141 $21,492,741 $47,017,400
5 4 Univ. of Michigan (Football) $70,300,676 $23,552,233 $46,748,443
6 5 Univ. of Florida (Football) $72,807,236 $26,263,539 $46,543,697
7 7 Univ. of Alabama (Football) $76,801,800 $31,580,059 $45,221,741
8 12 Notre Dame (Football) $68,782,560 $25,164,887 $43,617,673
9 8 Univ. of Tennessee (Football) $56,831,514 $19,135,650 $37,695,864
10 9 Auburn Univ. (Football) $76,227,804 $39,069,676 $37,158,128
11 17 Univ. of Arkansas (Football) $61,131,707 $24,059,193 $37,072,514
12 10 University of Oklahoma (Football) $58,811,324 $23,191,402 $35,619,922
13 13 University of Nebraska (Football) $54,712,406 $20,147,302 $34,565,104
14 18 Texas A&M (Football) $45,414,074 $15,560,216 $29,853,858
15 16 Michigan State Univ. (Football) $45,040,778 $17,420,499 $27,620,279
16 21 University of Louisville (Basketball) $40,887,938 $13,336,649 $27,551,289
17 14 Ohio State Univ. (Football) $60,837,342 $34,373,844 $26,463,498
18 15 Univ. of Iowa (Football) $44,506,832 $20,510,807 $23,996,025
19 11 Univ. of South Carolina (Football) $45,464,058 $22,482,479 $22,981,579
20 19 Univ. of Kentucky (Football) $34,020,276 $14,352,110 $19,668,166
21 22 Univ. of Wisconsin (Football) $43,296,599 $23,662,925 $19,633,674
22 20 Oklahoma State (Football) $33,213,396 $13,787,271 $19,426,125
23 27 Univ of Washington (Football) $39,405,237 $21,306,380 $18,098,857
24 99 Florida State Univ. (Football) $35,870,789 $18,689,809 $17,180,980
25 30 Univ. of Illinois (Football) $28,079,694 $12,910,507 $15,169,187
26 29 Duke (Basketball) $28,917,329 $13,819,529 $15,097,800
27 26 Virginia Tech (Football) $35,083,799 $20,009,657 $15,074,142
28 33 Univ of Arizona (Basketball) $21,209,980 $6,918,239 $14,291,741
29 28 Clemson Univ. (Football) $31,730,042 $17,992,943 $13,737,099
30 25 Univ. of Minnesota (Football) $30,524,945 $16,985,182 $13,539,763
31 31 North Carolina (Basketball) $19,672,012 $6,510,942 $13,161,070
32 34 Ohio St. (Basketball) $17,020,807 $5,251,724 $11,769,083
33 48 Univ of Southern California (Football) $31,148,724 $19,423,723 $11,725,001
34 41 Syracuse University (Basketball)  $19,017,231 $7,532,455 $11,484,776
35 51 Univ. of North Carolina (Football) $26,385,760 $15,050,721 $11,335,039
36 37 Arizona State (Football) $27,842,879 $16,564,598 $11,278,281
37 76 Mississippi State Univ. (Football) $22,575,985 $11,766,024 $10,809,961
38 38 Texas Tech (Football) $26,569,287 $15,788,943 $10,780,344
39 23 Univ. of Mississippi (Football) $28,515,471 $17,764,174 $10,751,297
40 36 North Carolina State (Football) $21,856,742 $11,329,718 $10,527,024
41 90 University of Louisville (Football) $25,658,653 $15,582,161 $10,076,492
42 42 Wisconsin (Basketball) $16,353,313 $6,394,547 $9,958,766
43 46 Indiana (Basketball) $17,804,586 $7,945,102 $9,859,484
44   Utah (Football) $21,235,202 $11,426,280 $9,808,922
45 43 Illinois (Basketball) $15,408,818 $5,630,297 $9,778,521
46 32 University of Colorado (Football) $25,955,136 $16,308,544 $9,646,592
47 49 Minnesota (Basketball) $15,141,713 $5,549,650 $9,592,063
48 39 Univ of Oregon (Football) $27,713,278 $18,198,476 $9,514,802
49 53 Oregon State (Football) $21,690,794 $12,282,221 $9,408,573
50 61 Iowa State (Football) $21,862,535 $12,513,317 $9,349,218

We’ve also created a comprehensive chart with comparisons to ’09-’10: Top 50 Most Profitable Programs ’10-’11 (.pdf)

WAC Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is the Western Athletic Conference. The ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USABig TenMACPac-12SEC and Mountain West have been previously posted. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs (with the exception of the military academies). We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

Sun Belt Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is the Sun Belt. The ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USABig TenMACPac-12SEC and Mountain West have been previously posted. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs (with the exception of the military academies). We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

 

Mountain West Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is the Mountain West. The ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USABig TenMACPac-12 and SEC have been previously posted. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs (with the exception of the military academies). We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

*Please note: data for Air Force is not available.

 

SEC Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is the SEC. The ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USABig TenMAC and Pac-12 have been previously posted. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs. We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

d*When contacted about the large disparity between ’09-’10 and ’10-’11 football profits, University of South Carolina indicated they changed their reporting procedures. In ’09-’10, South Carolina broke donations to the Gamecock Club donations about by sport based on ticket sales. However, for ’10-’11 South Carolina reported all Gamecock Club donations in the non-sport specific revenue category.

Pac-12 Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is the Pac-12. The ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USABig Ten and MAC have been previously posted. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs. We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

Mid-American Conference Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is the MAC. The ACCBig XIIBig EastC-USA and Big Ten have been previously posted. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs. We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

Big Ten Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is the Big Ten. The ACCBig XIIBig East and C-USA have been previously posted. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs. We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.

C-USA Financials ’10-’11

The next conference we’re looking at is C-USA. The ACCBig XII and Big East were posted yesterday. The chart is sorted by ’10-11 profits for each football and men’s basketball program from greatest profit to least. The “% Invested” column shows how much of the specific sport’s revenue goes back into that specific sport. Please read below before viewing the financials.

About the data: All of the data is from reports each school files with the US Department of Education. It is the only available data for both public and private universities. However, there can be variances in how each school chooses to report data. For example, each school can decide for itself whether to break out television revenue by sport or leave it in a generic revenue category, which causes variances. After speaking with dozens of schools the most common practice appears to be attributing the majority of television revenue to football and a portion to basketball. The most common split is 65/35.

There are also variances from year-to-year, so be careful when comparing this data to last year’s data. For example, Florida State’s football program showed a gain of approximately $14 million from ’09-’10 to ’10-’11. When contacted for comment FSU explained that in ’10-’11 they broke out contributions by sport, which they hadn’t done previously.

Although far from perfect, this data is the only available data for all Division I programs. We just want to make you aware of the possible variances and will let you draw your own conclusions.