With total athletics revenue of $144.7 million, Florida State University was the highest-grossing college sports programs in Florida in 2016, followed by University of Florida ($142.5 million) and University of Miami ($89.1 million), according to a Watchdog.org analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.
The agency’s office of postsecondary education collects athletics data annually from all institutions with intercollegiate athletics programs that receive funding through federal financial aid programs. Data for 2016 – the latest year available – includes more than 2,000 schools nationwide. Listed below are the rankings for the top twenty schools in Florida.
The available data also breaks out expenses and revenue for various sports. This information, provided below, shows that FSU spent $48.3 million on football while taking in $86.5 million. Interestingly, the data shows that when you remove football and basketball, women sports generate more revenue ($13,980,815) than men’s sports ($11,627,216).
With “Contributions” exceeding ticket sales and student fees combined, no wonder FSU will transform Seminole Golf Course into a private “Country Club” for fat cat alumni & corporate donors. It is disingenuous to claim that spending $10 million on improvements will enhance the recruitment of varsity golfers. The Ohio State spent millions for a Jack Nicklaus designed renovation of their Scarlet Course and the Buckeyes’ men rank 68th in Division 1 NCAA golf this season.
If they have so much money why do they have to charge so much for tickets?!?
They should invest in some better referees.