Softball program sells more tickets than baseball, and loses money anyway

The RG has the story here. Here’s the softball cash flow: $135K in tickets, ~$700K on salaries, and $624K on “miscellaneous”:

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8 Responses to Softball program sells more tickets than baseball, and loses money anyway

  1. Dog says:

    so gate receipts are only 10% of the programs budget

    that’s a poor model

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  2. Fishwrapper says:

    Wait – what? UO has a…

    …oh, never mind.

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  3. budget model says:

    If atgletics makes another million, they’ll spend another million rather than help the acadrmic side. Usually they’ll just blow it on billboards in far away places or even higher coaching salaries. They would rather burn the money than set a precedent of giving academics a single penny.

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    • duckduckgo says:

      It is disheartening that under the current system, schools must compete for athletes by spending increasing amounts on increasingly marginal utility. Everyone has a fancy locker room and weight training room, so how about a throne with VR for trying on uniforms? It is pointless and expensive, but that is what athletic departments are reduced to in this arms race. All it would take is some restraint, agreed to system-wide, and schools could stop subsidizing athletics for millions of dollars, and some, like Oregon, could send money back. When the law school suffers, it is CAS that has to pony up the cash, incurring pain by doing so… why not other units like athletics?

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      • Anas clypeata says:

        System-wide collusion on the economics of the student-athlete marketplace? But wouldn’t that be, like, a cartel or something?

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  4. What's the cashflow for the "revenue" sports? says:

    And how do we know if this is bad or not for the “non-revenue” sports?

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  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s pretty impressive that softball brings in about 72% of the amount that baseball does, while having ticket prices that are less than 1/2 of baseball, and without getting any parking fees.

    Softball ends up costing only 60% of what baseball does. So there’s that.

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