SEC Athletic Department Budgets

UPDATE: The Clarion Ledger story is no longer available online, so the Capstone Report contacted every SEC athletic department and created a new story and a new graph on the 2008-2009 SEC athletic department budgets.
Everyone knows college athletics is big business. Just how big changes with every tv contract. The Clarion Ledger provided a snapshot of every athletic department’s budget and the role private foundations play in funding the programs. To put it into perspective, I created a graph of the SEC schools based on the information in the Clarion Ledger report.

There is little very shocking in the numbers: the Mississippi schools trail the rest of the SEC in money spent on athletics. For almost all schools, the private foundations raised from one-third to one-half the total athletic department budgets. The biggest exception to that rule was Vanderbilt. Vandy raised only about $2.2 million from donations, according to the Clarion Ledger report.


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  1. 5

    Those numbers were about five months after the article from the Clarion Ledger, which used I think 2006 numbers.

    I’d expect the numbers to be even higher now as all SEC schools have seen growth in revenue and spending.

  2. 6

    This is so old now, the Clarion Ledger report isn’t even available on their website anymore (went to check so I could review their fiscal year information). Their report was likely based on 2006 budgets, but could have been even 2005 numbers.

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