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College Football Revenue Loss By School If Season Is Cancelled

PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
edited August 12 in Parent Cafe
The upcoming college football season is in jeopardy due to Covid-19 (novel coronavirus). If the 2020-2021 college football season is cancelled, how much revenue and profit will be lost by the 64 universities which comprise the membership of the Power 5 Conferences plus independent Notre Dame ?

An article from March 3, 2019 "Richest and Poorest Power Five College Football Programs" offers some guidance.

https://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/2019/03/who-are-the-richest-and-poorest-power-five-college-football-programs-here-are-all-65-ranked-top-to-bottom.html
edited August 12
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  • Muad_dibMuad_dib 953 replies28 threads Member
    The season won't be cancelled.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
    The link is not connecting to the article. I will list all 65 teams in order of revenue generated.
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 5555 replies93 threads Senior Member
    Muad_dib wrote: »
    The season won't be cancelled.

    I hope so....do you have any details? If college football doesn't go this year, we may see many colleges discontinue supporting any number of teams.
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3928 replies52 threads Senior Member
    There is some precedent, interestingly. In the 1990s a measles outbreak forced several NCAA basketball tournaments to be completed without any fans. The teams were still allowed to play each other, but without any fans in the stands.

    Perhaps a similar solution will be found for the upcoming football season? This would preserve most of the TV revenues, but minimize the potential spread of coronavirus?
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 5555 replies93 threads Senior Member
    Here are some of the options being considered for Power 5 football.....the article is specific to the Big 12, but I suspect on all Power 5 lists:
    Starting the season as scheduled in early September
    Starting the season in late September and ending games in December
    Starting the season in October and playing a conference-only schedule
    Starting the season in September and playing a conference-only schedule
    Waiting until 2021 and starting the season in January
    Waiting until 2021 and starting the season in March
    Splitting up the season with six games in the fall and six games in the spring

    https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/college-football/power-5-ad-outlines-contingency-plans-for-2020-college-football-season/

    And more:

    https://247sports.com/Article/College-football-season-2020-start-date-delayed-options-no-fans-canceled-146691621/

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  • PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
    This explains why the head football coach gets a reserved parking space:

    Football Revenue for fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 (reflects 2018 football season):

    1) Univ. of Texas-Austin Revenue = $156.1 million / Profit = $112.9 million

    2) Georgia $123.1million revenue / $73.9 million profit

    3) Michigan $122.3m / $74.9m

    4) Notre Dame $115.5m / $65.3m

    5) Ohio State $115.1m / $55m

    6) Penn State $100.1m / $51.6m

    7) Auburn $95.2m / $47.4m

    8) Oklahoma $94.8m / $51.3m

    9) Alabama $94.6m / $69.7m

    10) Nebraska $94.3m / $59.8m

    11) LSU $92m / $56.7m
    12) Tennessee $91m / $55.8m
    13) Wisconsin $89.9m / $58.8m
    14) Univ. of Florida $84.8m / $45.7m
    15) Univ. of Washington $84m / $43.5m

    16) Iowa $81m / $44.2m
    17) Arkansas $76.5m / $33.3m
    18) Michigan State $75.6m / $41.6m
    19) Texas A&M $73.5m / $30.7m
    20) Univ. of Oregon $72.1m / $39.1m

    21) Fla State Univ. (FSU) $68.9m in revenue / $68.9m in expenses = zero (0) profit
    22) Texas Christian Univ. (TCU) $65.4m / $24.5m
    23) Univ. South Carolina $65m / $28.8m
    24) Northwestern University $63.2m / $31.1m
    25) Univ. of Utah $63.2m / $33.9m

    26) Minnesota $63m / $30.6m
    27) Clemson $61.4m / just $5.8m profit
    28) Illinois $58.2m / $33.8m
    29) Univ. of Miami $56.3m revenue / $56.3m expenses = zero (0) profit
    30) Virginia Tech $56.2m / $26.1m
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1802 replies2 threads Senior Member
    The NCAA laid out a 6 week return to sports yesterday. it will make it possible for less impacted states (read - the biggest football areas) to get back to business. Interestingly, Nick Saban can't participate the first 2 weeks because he's over 65!
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 42376 replies2288 threads Super Moderator
    UT. 😥 My dad was head of the UT Men's Athletic Council for many years. I am very glad he is not anymore.
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  • eb23282eb23282 892 replies25 threads Member
    @Publisher Unless you're Rutgers:
    FY2017: $19.5M revenue; $27.7M expenses ($8.2M deficit)
    FY2018: $11.77M revenue; $26.87M ($15.1M deficit)
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  • PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
    edited May 5
    Continuing with the list of 65 = Power 5 Conference Schools plus Notre Dame:

    31) Purdue $54.8m / $28.9m
    32) Indiana $52.6m / $28.3m
    33) Oklahoma State $52.2m / $27.9m
    34) Iowa State $51.9m / $24.9m
    35) Texas Tech $51.1m / $30.3m

    36) USC $50m / $17.9m
    37) Univ. of Mississippi (Ole Miss) $48.2m / $16m
    38) Louisville $47.3m / just $3.2m (men's basketball profit = $23.6m)
    39) Maryland $46.6m / $18.1m
    40) Kansas State $46.2m / $25.7m (credit to Coach Bill Snyder)

    41) NC State $45.7m / $22.4m)
    42) Baylor $45.6m / $14.6m
    43) Washington State (WSU) $45.3m / $23.2m
    44) Stanford $44.5m / $14m
    45) Syracuse $43.8m / $15.8m (men's basketball made $19.8m profit)

    46) Colorado $43.5m / $13.9m
    47) Univ. of Arizona $43.3m / $20.7m
    48) Georgia Tech $42.6m / $12.9m
    49) Kentucky $41.4 million revenue / profit not disclosed (made $12.8m last yr.)
    50) UCLA $41.3m / $5.8m
    edited May 5
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 5555 replies93 threads Senior Member
    The NCAA laid out a 6 week return to sports yesterday. it will make it possible for less impacted states (read - the biggest football areas) to get back to business. Interestingly, Nick Saban can't participate the first 2 weeks because he's over 65!

    Here is the link to NCAA's "Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport". Nice name 🙄

    https://www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/core-principles-resocialization-collegiate-sport
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  • PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
    List Continued #51 through #65:

    51) Duke $40.3m / $11.5m (certainly men's basketball made a larger profit)
    52) UNC $39.3m / $16.2m (UNC men's BB made profit of $16.5m)
    53) Pittsburgh $39.2m / $7.4m
    54) Arizona State Univ. (ASU) $39m / $12.8m
    55) Missouri $38.5m / $14.9m

    56) Univ. of Kansas $38.1m / $12.8m
    57) Mississippi State $38m / $14m
    58) Oregon State $35.8m / $12.1m
    59) Univ. of Virginia $33.7m / $7.4m
    60) UCal-Berkeley (California) $33.5m / $5.7m

    61) Boston College $32.3m / $7.4m
    62) Vanderbilt $32.1m / just $2.5m profit
    63) Wake Forest Univ. (WFU) $26.7m / $5.2m
    64) Rutgers $26,698,913 listed for both revenue & expenses = zero (0) profit
    65) West Virginia Univ. (WVU) $24.7m / just $2.4m profit negated by loss of $2.3m in men's basketball.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
    edited May 5
    The Power Five Conferences are:

    ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference)

    Big Ten--just one private school = Northwestern University

    Big 12

    PAC 12

    SEC (Southeastern Conference)--just one private school = Vanderbilt University
    edited May 5
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  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang 19972 replies164 threads Senior Member
    So what I don't understand in the document is why the transition to Phase Three can happen two weeks after the transition to Phase Two. Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but it looks like there needs to be a two week decline in COVID-19 cases and a two week decline in positive test results to go to Phase Two. Then planners are allowed to wait two weeks and see if there's a rebound, and if not, go to Phase Three.

    But there won't be a rebound in cases in two weeks; if there's going to be a bad effect, it won't happen that soon.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
    edited May 5
    Only 11 of the 65 listed schools are private universities:

    4) Notre Dame--8,600 undergrads
    24) Northwestern--8,100 undergrads

    29) Univ. of Miami--11,000 undergrads
    36) USC--almost 20,000 undergrads

    42) Baylor--14,000 undergrads
    44) Stanford--7,100 undergrads

    45) Syracuse--15,000 undergrads
    51) Duke--6,700 undergrads

    61) Boston College--9,400 undergrads
    62) Vanderbilt--6,800 undergrads

    63) Wake Forest University--5,200 undergrads

    8 of the 11 are mid-size schools. All, regardless of size, exhibit big school spirit.
    edited May 5
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 25011 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Mwfan1921 wrote: »
    Muad_dib wrote: »
    The season won't be cancelled.

    I hope so....do you have any details? If college football doesn't go this year, we may see many colleges discontinue supporting any number of teams.

    D1 requires schools to sponsor 14 teams. Many schools only sponsor 18 so they don't have a lot of room to start dropping varsity programs.
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 5555 replies93 threads Senior Member
    Mwfan1921 wrote: »
    Muad_dib wrote: »
    The season won't be cancelled.

    I hope so....do you have any details? If college football doesn't go this year, we may see many colleges discontinue supporting any number of teams.

    D1 requires schools to sponsor 14 teams. Many schools only sponsor 18 so they don't have a lot of room to start dropping varsity programs.

    It's actually 16 required sports. Schools already asked NCAA to reduce this number but were denied a blanket waiver to do so, but requests can be made on a case-by-case basis. https://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2020-04-24/ncaa-denies-request-to-drop-division-i-sport-minimum

    Expect this issue to resurface if football season doesn't happen.

    Regardless, most schools are not NCAA DI, so lots of room to drop sports if athletic money declines precipitously...which it will if football doesn't go whether at NCAA, NAIA or JUCO.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 13628 replies32 threads Senior Member
    @Mwfan1921, outside of Div1-A, athletic programs tend to be money losers if you don't count donations and attracting students, and that probably is minimal except at tiny nonselective LACs where getting a good number of student-athletes who are willing to pay (at least enough to sustain the college) in order to be a (NCAA) college athlete is part of their revenue strategy.
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