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Top-50 Largest Athletics Department Spenders

This week, BusinessofCollegeSports.com showed you the revenues, expenses and net income of athletics departments in the BCS AQ conferences.  To conclude this series, BusinessofCollegeSports.com is ranking the top-50 athletics departments with the highest revenues, expenses and net income.  In this installment, we will show you which athletics departments spend the most.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education and is from 2010-11.  While this data is not perfect, it is the only data publicly available for both public and private institutions.

SchoolAthletic Department ExpensesConference
Texas$125,978,117.00Big 12
Ohio State$113,184,855.00Big Ten
Florida$112,951,656.00SEC
Tennessee$102,480,757.00SEC
Auburn$100,497,784.00SEC
Oklahoma$96,274,366.00Big 12
LSU$96,019,689.00SEC
Michigan$95,836,991.00Big Ten
Wisconsin$92,939,345.00Big Ten
Alabama$92,225,560.00SEC
Iowa$87,607,487.00Big Ten
Florida State$86,946,503.00ACC
Penn State$84,498,339.00Big Ten
Louisville$83,783,719.00Big East
South Carolina$82,941,941.00SEC
Georgia$82,765,498.00SEC
Kentucky$81,755,641.00SEC
Stanford$81,125,476.00Pac-12
Arkansas$80,482,490.00SEC
Minnesota$78,924,683.00Big Ten
Nebraska$78,509,148.00Big Ten
USC$75,707,273.00Pac-12
Notre Dame$75,360,209.00Big East
Virginia$72,400,342.00ACC
Texas A&M$71,719,872.00Big 12
North Carolina$70,709,553.00ACC
Kansas$70,028,683.00Big 12
Washington$69,306,426.00Pac-12
Oregon$67,900,835.00Pac-12
Michigan State$67,450,913.00Big Ten
Duke$67,418,981.00ACC
UCLA$66,003,893.00Pac-12
Indiana$64,878,825.00Big Ten
California$64,825,171.00Pac-12
Boston College$64,078,272.00ACC
Connecticut$62,948,800.00Big East
Clemson$60,958,659.00ACC
Baylor$59,859,235.00Big 12
Purdue$59,293,193.00Big Ten
Missouri$58,862,366.00Big 12
WVU$58,003,719.00Big East
Miami$57,561,177.00ACC
Maryland$57,501,307.00ACC
Virginia Tech$56,762,362.00ACC
Arizona$56,750,057.00Pac-12
Northwestern$56,214,293.00Big Ten
Pittsburgh$56,044,309.00Big East
Oklahoma State$55,757,830.00Big 12
Illinois$55,723,771.00Big Ten
Arizona State$55,378,783.00Pac-12

While 80 percent of the Big 12’s members ranked in the top-50 in terms of revenue generated, only 70 percent ranked in the top-50 for expenditures.  Thus, it is expected that at least several Big 12 members should generate a net income in the black.  Only four Big East members ranked in the top-50 for revenue generated.  However, five Big East members ranked in the top-5o for expenditures (Pittsburgh did not generate enough revenue to make the top-50 list, but is on the top-50 list for expenditures).  Again, every Big Ten athletics department made the top-50 list for expenditures.

The chart below depicts how many places each conference held in the list and the percentage of the conference which made the list.

Conference# of Athletics Departments% of Conference
ACC975%
Big 12770%
Big East531%
Big Ten12100%
Pac-12867%
SEC975%

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