Duke basketball expenses rose 88% to 15 million dollars, which is 5.7 million dollars higher than any team in college basketball.
Interesting article includes the top valued schools and their gross and operating incomes.
Do we need an MBA handling expenses?
Would this be due to the new practice facility that was recently completed?
Forbes - covering college basketball while Rome burns. Have they nothing better to cover on the financial front?
the numbers raise the question.. With the amount of money they generate for leagues, schools and coaches, shouldn't college players, especially those that don't end up playing professionally be entitled to some form of pension?
i know the argument is that they get a free education, but i would make two points: the schedule for a div 1 athlete (20 hrs per week is the official time commitment, but i am guessing actual time spent is much higher) means that the education they get is not akin to that of a normal student. even if it were equivalent, the value they create for these programs and via the sneaker contracts that pay the coaches seems to far outweigh what they receive in most cases.
i am thinking about a player like McClure who has provided a great benefit to Duke and the league but who is never going to see the huge sums that others will.. shouldn't he get something for the value he has helped create?
if we are generating 15mm a year, we could tak 2% and set aside for a fund to aid former players who are looking for graduate educations etc. could help distinguish us in recruiting as well (esp in a world where Memphis is flying its team on private Fedex jets.. is that true?), though i haven't analyzed the ethics of it at all
Last edited by dgoore97; 03-17-2009 at 11:18 AM. Reason: addition
So, only a small percentage of the facility's cost would be subtracted annually as depreciation from revenue as an operating expense.Normally.
it's more likely the number jumped because of football expenditures with the new coaching staff/regime
Isn't the basketball program becoming self-sufficient and financially independent? I think a lot of former players have donated to an endowment meant on making the program run on its own.
Not bad for a small private school with a small stadium where students get in for "free" and relatively small alumni base. Not to mention Duke is located in a region full of UNC grads and fans.
The profit is extremely small compared to other top programs discussed.
Well, apparently we also make the most money, so we can afford it.
You must spread some comments around before flaming the Moderators again.
You guys are in fantasy land.
You do know that most athletic programs are actually in the red, right? So where is this money going to come from to fund these things.
The profits from men's basketball and football are already being used up to fund the non-revenue sports programs.
The only way to do this "fairly", i.e., the people who generate the revenue gets the compensation. Is to cancel most if not all the women's athletic programs, and most if not all of the men's programs besides basketball and football.
In sum, I understand the motives behind your suggestion, but I am not sure it is legal, practical or wise.
Duke basketball had an operating income of $6.6 million.
Louisville led with 16.6 million ,followed by UNC at 16.4 million.
Some others: Indiana--16.1 million; Arizona, 12 million;Kansas,12.9 million; Illinois,12.8 million; and, Maryland,10.8 million.
"Operating expenses are comprised primarily of coaches' compensation,travel expenses,and gameday costs."
Duke's operating expenses were up 88% from the prior year and are $5.7 million higher than any team in college basketball, thereby leading to a precipitous drop in operating income.
Anyway, I think the more salient point here is the 88% operating expense increase year-over-year. This almost has to be a one time expense of some sort. As others have suggested, it's possible the university doesn't amortize the new practice facility using traditional accounting, perhaps due to unique tax treatment. It could be some other large expenditure - what's K's contract status? Maybe there was some deferred bonus payment or something. Regardless, unless there's reason to believe the cost of basically every day to day operating part of the program, from cooling Cameron (wink, wink) to staffing security to travel almost doubled in '08 over '07, I think this is much ado about nothing and we'll be back towards the most profitable overall next year.
If we were towards the very top of the list of most profitable last year (which I think the article mentioned as having been the case), and our revenues are dwarfed by UNC and Louisville, then it stands to reason we were nowhere near the "most expensive to run" program in the past.
As someone else mentioned, for any program that sells (I would think) less than 120,000 game tickets in an entire season to even be in the conversation speaks well of its brand. I have to imagine our national merchandise sales are at or close to the top. No one else has a brand that extends all that far beyond the borders of the state in which the school is located.
Revenue refers to gross income,not operating income.
I have been out of the accounting field for decades, but how can you have an 88% increase in "Operating expenses [that] are composed primarily of coaches' compensation, travel expenses and game day costs"? Travel expenses and game day costs should not have increased much, so it must be C-Well's salary.
I would take this Forbes information with a grain of salt. There is a lot of estimation involved and the piecing together of incomplete information from different sources. There is no rational reason for an 88% increase in the ongoing cost of operating the basketball program. There must be non recurring item(s) affecting the current numbers. For example, while Blue Professor is largely correct about depreciating the investment of the new practice facility, every large capital project has a percentage of the cost that should be expensed as incurred.
And what's the value of the exercise to begin with? What does it mean? As others have alluded to, not much. The university can't monitize the implicit value of the basketball program. It's not manged for growth per se. And comparing the economics of basketball between medium sized private universities to very large public universities is meaningless