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  •  Actually, plenty of evidence is available (5+ / 0-)
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    Alden, TKO333, IreGyre, phrogge prince, AoT

    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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