• Athletics Spending Targeted in Washington State Bill

    by Rachel Sun February 2018

    State universities would have to be more transparent about how much they spend on athletics under a bill heard by a House committee Wednesday.

  • Despite IOC Cost-Cutting, Games Remain Expensive

    by Paul Newberry February 2018

    So much for the lofty promises from the IOC to make their every-other-year party a bit lighter on the wallet. They keep adding events while not doing much of anything to rein in the enormous costs.

  • Opinion: Some CFP Revenue Should Go to Player Safety

    by Arne Duncan and Dr. Myron Rolle February 2018

    When the NCAA met last month in Indianapolis, it took up some of the most pressing issues facing college sports. But there's one area outside the NCAA's purview that deserves a good public hearing - the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars generated by the College Football Playoff.

  • Salaries Rise at U. of Illinois Despite Budget Woes

    by Paul Steinbach February 2018

    Salaries at the University of Illinois are on the rise, despite cuts in state aid. Each of the top 10 positions on the flagship Urbana campus payroll exceed $500,000 for the first time, led by head football coach Lovie Smith at $3 million per year and head basketball coach Brad Underwood ($2.75 million).

    Based on 2017-18 salary data, more than 600 IU employees make $150,000 or more annually, including more than 100 whose salaries exceed $250,000. This is despite a two-year budget impasse and the permanent loss to the university of $463 million in state support.

    Turnover played a role in certain salary increases, including that of Smith, whose list-topping salary replaced former football coach Tim Beckman’s $1.8 million.  

    “We’re in a marketplace of higher education, and it's a competitive marketplace,” UI executive vice president Barb Wilson, who earns $450,000 a year, told The News-Gazette of Champaign. “If we don’t stay competitive, we lose people.”

    About half of the university's payroll is funded by tuition and fees or taxpayer dollars, according to The News-Gazette. Coaches' salaries are funded with athletic income, including some student fees. Professors with endowed chairs get part of their salary from donors. Some faculty members earn income from research grants, and many academic professionals are on "soft money," external funding from grants or foundations, Wilson said.

  • Pool May Cost High School State Funding

    by Kathleen McKiernan February 2018

    The Lowell High School project proposed for the city’s downtown is at risk of losing state funding because city officials are pushing to keep the school pool.

  • UT Athletics Revenues, Expenses Hit All-Time High

    by David Cobb January 2018

    An annual report submitted to the NCAA by the Tennessee athletic department shows that revenue rose to $145.7 million while expenses grew to $134.9 million for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2017.

  • Eastern Illinois to Cut Scholarships, Not Sports

    by Jason Scott January 2018

    Faced with a tight budget, Eastern Illinois University will begin cutting athletic scholarships as opposed to cutting an entire sport.

  • Deal Prevents New State Taxes on Raiders

    by Jeff Mordock January 2018

    An unusual provision in the Raiders agreement with the state allows the team, currently playing its final seasons in Oakland, to break the lease and look for another home if Nevada attempts to impose new taxes over the next three decades on the team, stadium, fans or players. That includes visiting teams and fans as well.

  • Eastern Washington Seeks to Right Athletics Budget

    by Jim Allen January 2018

    With the departure of athletic director Bill Chaves, what's next for Eastern Washington athletics? For starters, some major belt-tightening. Eagles football fans can wish all they want for a better stadium, but that dream appears further away than ever - with or without Chaves, who was hired Saturday by Big Sky Conference rival North Dakota. Instead, university president Mary Cullinan and the EWU administration are "looking to athletics to provide cost-control measures" to mitigate a cumulative budget deficit of $5.8 million, a school spokesman told The Spokesman-Review.

  • Analysis: Coaching Buyouts to Cost at Least $110M

    by Steve Berkowitz January 2018

    Football-related coaching and administrative moves likely will cost major-college athletics departments at least $110 million in buyout-related expenses, a USA TODAY analysis has found. The figure is based on commitments connected to the firings and hirings of head coaches, assistant coaches and athletics directors at public schools, according to school documents and interviews with athletics departments officials. The final total won't be known for several years, as some amounts are being spread over time and subject to offset from the future income of fired employees who could get raises from new employers. Also, there are payments that haven't been determined. For example, Arkansas is negotiating with former head coach Bret Bielema over the amount of his buyout, university spokesman Kevin Trainor said in an email Monday. Tennessee athletics director John Currie remains suspended with pay while the nature of his eventual departure from the school is determined.