Saturday, October 24, 2015

Are college athletic programs responsible for tuition hikes? - Cathaleen Chen, Christian Science Monitor

A new documentary short finds that the vast majority of universities lose money on sports and yet continue to invest in them – some using student tuition and tax dollars. “There’s this common consensus that athletics bring money to the school, and its manifestation in the public keeps us from actually doing the math,” Vanessa Baden Kelly, a spokeswoman for Brave New Films, tells The Christian Science Monitor. For instance, the documentary researchers found that Utah State University spent $25 million on sports last year, but only earned $11 million from its own athletic departments. The rest of the $14 million, the narrator says, came from tuition and tax subsidies. Likewise for Kent State University, where 54 percent of the school's athletic budget comes from students.

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