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  •  I agree too.. (4+ / 0-)

    The people who like sports always claim that things like expensive football programs pay for themselves and provide revenue to the school as a whole, but they can never produce any evidence of this.  But the costs for the stadiums and coaches are out there for all to see.

    When I first started college in 1976, the total fees were 4900$ a year at a liberal arts school.   When I was back for a reunion, the fees were up over 40K$/year.  Nearly a 10-fold increase.  I can guarantee that wages for people didn't go up by that amount over the same period.  Even that school didn't make any attempt to seriously compete in any sports, but they built all kinds of buildings in the intervening years..

    •  and these are Division 3 schools--not even on the (3+ / 0-)
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      radar of "college football."  In addition, they are pushing more "Parent Funds" that ask for even more from you than the ridiculously overinflated tuition.  

      You can't help but feel like your kid is being put on certain lists based on what you "donate" and what you don't.

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:27:31 PM PST

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    •  Actually, plenty of evidence is available (5+ / 0-)
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      proving the reverse. It's not even in dispute: football makes NO money for anyone other than a handful of the top schools. Even some schools you think of as powerhouses don't make money. NO small school does —  and football costs a lot of money.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:02:47 PM PST

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      •  A loss leader to somehow get alums to donate (1+ / 0-)
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        or attract students... a losing proposition all around... it might get fancy new buildings with the billionaire's name on it or a lot of proteges and hangers-on of the patron in more and more administrative leech jobs ... and not a whole lot to assist the supposed main purpose of an institution of learning.

        Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

        by IreGyre on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:35:52 AM PST

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        •  Yup, it's about the alums (2+ / 0-)
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          Years ago I was grad student rep on the chancellor's budget advisory committee of a growing urban university whose students were primarily commuters.  

          The budget committee spent a lot of time selecting just the right sport for the university to subsidize.  The committee's specific, stated purpose for this subsidy was to maintain alumni interest and allegiance and thereby direct alumni money to the university.  

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