The Reality: Sports programs run at a net loss, and cost schools a bundle, despite being disproportionately funded.
Only seven U.S. sports programs generated enough revenue to have an operating profit in each of the past five years. At most schools, the growth in athletic spending has required greater subsidies from the university and state taxpayers and higher fees from the student body, the report said.So your typical school is spending 6 to 10 times more per athlete than per all their other students, and fees are increasing to continue the growth of that disparity at a massive rate, and we wonder why our nation sees more and more of a dip in our overall educational outcomes, and a dumbing down of discourse?
...athletic department spending increased 37.5 percent to a median of $84,446 per athlete at 97 of 103 public schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision between 2005 and 2008. Meanwhile, university spending per student overall increased 20.5 percent to a median of $13,349.