Category Archives: Football

Is There a Bubble in College Football?

On Tuesday, I joined Jason Anderson on ESPN Louisville to discuss whether there’s a bubble in college football that’s ready to burst and what the reported new Big Ten television deal with Fox tells us about the current state of both college football and sports on television.

Listen here:

Boston College to Wear Uniforms Inspired by “Miracle in Miami”

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Boston College and Notre Dame meet this weekend at Fenway Park. Two programs steeped in history and tradition playing in one of the most historically-significant sports venues still standing, both with a rich Catholic tradition.

To add to the sense of nostalgia and history, BC will be wearing throwback uniforms inspired by the “Miracle in Miami.” And no ordinary uniform reveal would do. Under Armour and BC had someone very special unveil the uniforms: Doug Flutie, architect of the “Miracle in Miami.” BC was playing Miami in the Orange Bowl on November 23, 1984 when Doug Flutie threw a last-second touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan to give the No. 10 Eagles a 47-45 win over 12th-ranked Miami.

The uniforms feature:

  • Solid gold helmet
  • Vintage BC logo placed on the shoulder to mimic the placement of the Cotton Bowl logo as worn during the 1985 Cotton Bowl victory
  • The gold of the pants, helmet and jersey details reflective of the gold uniform color worn in the 1980’s
  • Stripe detail on the pants and baselayer are exact replicas of the stripes on the jersey and pants of the 1984-85 team

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The “Holy War,” as its been dubbed, has been played 22 times with Notre Dame leading the series 13-9. The two first met in 1975 not too far from this year’s venue at Foxboro Stadium.

BC and Notre Dame are the only two remaining Catholic institutions playing at the FBS level.

College Football Playoff Payouts Might Favor Some Conferences

How much money will conferences make from the College Football Playoff this year?

Can Leonard Fournette fetch a historic amount for his game-worn jersey at auction?

And is Ohio State out of line with its ticket price increase for next year’s Michigan game?

I have the answers in my latest segment for Campus Insiders:

Continue to Campus Insiders to read my blog with more details

Football and Basketball Financially Support Every Other Sport

Football and Basketball Support Every Other SportIn case you haven’t heard me say it before, football and men’s basketball are essentially the only opportunity an athletic department has to make money.

Every once in awhile I run across a baseball program that breaks even (or even makes a few bucks), but it’s rare. Even more rare: Nebraska volleyball turns a profit. So, while there are exceptions, trust me when I say they’re few and far between.

Today, I wrote a piece for Outkick the Coverage on FoxSports.com, and I made the case that Ohio State should raise football ticket prices when the market can bear it, because football is the best opportunity to make money for the 15 men’s sports, 17 women’s sports and two mixed teams which all operate at a loss (men’s basketball being the only other exception).

I wanted to give you a closer look at the numbers though. Particularly for those of you who don’t work in intercollegiate athletics, you might not fully understand how the economics work. Generally speaking, football and men’s basketball support every other sport within an athletic department.

Here’s a look at each sport’s revenue and expense numbers at Ohio State for 2014-15:

Revenue Expense Net Revenue
Men’s Sports
Baseball $500,745 $2,129,235 -$1,628,490
Basketball $22,647,562 $8,400,976 $14,246,586
Fencing $28,785 $584,138 -$555,353
Football $72,338,036 $31,950,998 $40,387,038
Golf $445,313 $568,366 -$123,053
Gymnastics $114,202 $963,158 -$848,956
Ice Hockey $696,082 $2,354,838 -$1,658,756
Lacrosse $927,863 $1,960,437 -$1,032,574
Rifle $0 $38,836 -$38,836
Soccer $175,574 $1,017,069 -$841,495
Swimming and Diving $273,022 $1,121,355 -$848,333
Tennis $44,282 $1,041,700 -$997,418
Track and Field, X-Country $98,315 $1,278,248 -$1,179,933
Volleyball $57,473 $900,973 -$843,500
Wrestling $925,472 $1,697,959 -$772,487
Other $0 $42,315 -$42,315
TOTAL $99,272,726 $56,050,601 $43,222,125
Women’s Sports
Basketball $713,617 $3,541,305 -$2,827,688
Fencing $28,787 $578,923 -$550,136
Field Hockey $100,150 $1,014,646 -$914,496
Golf $444,660 $690,385 -$245,725
Gymnastics $109,717 $1,456,215 -$1,346,498
Ice Hockey $83,023 $1,736,959 -$1,653,936
Lacrosse $69,213 $1,170,987 -$1,101,774
Rifle $0 $38,837 -$38,837
Rowing $48,205 $1,734,986 -$1,686,781
Soccer $218,549 $1,358,293 -$1,139,744
Softball $152,017 $1,330,635 -$1,178,618
Swimming and Diving $96,008 $1,136,163 -$1,040,155
Tennis $34,743 $980,240 -$945,497
Track and Field, X-Country $89,976 $1,435,552 -$1,345,576
Volleyball $246,128 $1,769,877 -$1,523,749
Other $24,388 $620,714 -$596,326
TOTAL $2,459,181 $20,594,717 -$18,135,536
       
Mixed Teams
Rifle $29,935 $243,805 -$213,870
Other $176,611 $190,359 -$13,748
TOTAL $206,546 $434,164 -$227,618

If you want a bigger picture look at the overall revenue and expense numbers for the athletic department, including how much is donated back to the university. check out my piece on Outkick the Coverage on FoxSports.com.

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Head Coach?

How much does it cost an athletic department to replace a head football coach?

How have athletic departments changed their offerings now that they can serve student athletes unlimited meals?

And who really makes money on those alternate jerseys?

Check out my latest segment with Campus Insiders for the answers: