Heps: A $7 Million Enterprise

Posted: 2 January by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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You can learn a lot from the Track & Field News messageboard and, occasionally, the information is worthwhile.

The following comes from the U.S. Department of Education — specifically the Office of Postsecondary Education — which maintains an interesting public database as part of the Athletics Disclosure website. The required information is submitted by the universities annually as a result of the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA).

The website cautions that “valid comparisons of athletics data are possible only with study and analysis of the conditions affecting each institution.”

All of that said, here are the combined annual track & field/cross country budgets recently submitted to the DoE:

1. Yale University, $1,238,241
2. Princeton University, $961,915
3. Cornell University, $950,865
4. Harvard University, $945,173
5. Columbia University, $863,530
6. Dartmouth College, $757,081
7. Brown University, $682,260
8. University of Pennsylvania, $679,594

Nationally, Arkansas, Oregon and Texas A&M are the only $4 million programs, while Wisconsin, Florida, LSU, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Syracuse and Florida State each top $3 million. This data was taken from an Excel document from the Department of Education website, but the document has been subsequently removed. (Thanks, Erik Roth, for the update!)

  1. Erik Roth says:

    Thanks for following the money. Further though, I’d like to know the relative numbers of athletes and coaches, et al., these budgets support. It would also be interesting to see how these figures compare over time, to gauge trends. Of course, toward completing a financial study could be an examination of athletic scholarships. Please consider posting more on the matter of money in all the ways it comes into play and affects the way we play.

    BTW, the second link in this post has gone dead.

    • Mary Boggs says:

      The Ivy League does not offer any athletic scholarships.

      If someone would like to further this study you recommend, they can do this and then contact us at Hepstrack for the result for us to review and then post.

      • Erik Roth says:

        Yes, I know (and applaud) that the Ivy League does not offer athletic scholarships.
        However, such a policy requires that need-based financial aid be sufficient. For the well-heeled Ivies, that largely is the case. Elsewhere, the business of money gets murky, tends to muddle the role, and indeed even call into question the inclusion of athletics within academia. Now, I strongly believe organized athletics does belong in formal education. But obviously the entertainment draw and economic engine that sport supplies can readily undermine, if not totally obscure its true value in schooling (as well as in society). So, I encourage further examination. The comparison of the Ivies to the others offers a way to approach the big picture. Thanks for your continued attention.

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