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University Sports Funding ( was RE: Thank You From The UW Geological Museum)

> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Erik Boehm
> However I have heard the argument that sporting events bring 
> revenue for the Universities, essentially taking the profits 
> of an NFL like organization and diverting them to academics.
> I've never seen any actual numbers, so I must wonder, how 
> much does the University lose on these sport scholarships, 
> and how much does it make from its sporting events.
> I suspect the sporting events are break even, or even 
> negative when one considers the huge sums of money spent 
> periodically on new/refurbished stadiums. Thus they probably 
> don't offset the scholarship cost even slightly. -But I have 
> no data to back up this assertion.
I can't speak for other Universities--and for that matter, I am only
repeating here what I have been told about University of Maryland by
administrators, as I have not checked this myself--but supposedly our
atheletics departments are financially separated from academic units. That
is, income generated from tickets sales and from alumni contributions to the
sports programs support the sports programs and the funding tracks from the
State to athletics are so designated as separate lines than the rest of
higher education. So increases or decreases in athletics income are supposed
to have zero impact on academic funding.

Or at least that's what they tell us...

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216                        
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661               

Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Fax: 301-314-9843

Mailing Address:        Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                        Department of Geology
                        Building 237, Room 1117
                        University of Maryland
                        College Park, MD 20742 USA