Last Updated on June 5, 2014
This season, UMass completed it’s second season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, college football’s highest classification. It was an important season, because it was the Minutemen’s last chance to escape probation for low attendance. While UMass did manage to exceed the 15,000 in average attendance per game required by the NCAA, it did so by a small margin (15,830). Unfortunately, it’s not the end of the problems at UMass.
An FBS football program like the one in Amherst can only be successful financially if they can generate revenue from ticket sales and contributions. Between the one-win team on the field and a split home schedule that sees the Minutemen travel 95 miles to Gillette Stadium for half of the home slate, UMass has struggled to generate the revenue it initially projected when it decided to make the move to FBS.
Last week, the UMass Faculty Senate was presented with a report from the Ad Hoc Committee on FBS Football that revealed football expenses continue to outpace projections…
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