In an article for the Buffalo News, Jay Tokasz has reported yet another example of how our institutions are spending exorbitant sums to subsidize intercollegiate athletics—at the expense of academic programs and students.
Here are the opening paragraphs from Tokasz article, “Small Crowds, Big Subsidy for UB Sports”:
“The price of pursuing athletic glory continues to climb at the University at Buffalo. And footing much of the bill are students who don’t suit up for games, or even attend them.
“UB spent $31.3 million in 2013-14 to operate its Division I athletics program. The spending grew by 18 percent over five years.
“Three-quarters of the athletics budget, nearly $24 million, was subsidized with students’ fees and with general university funds, which primarily are composed of tuition and state tax dollars. Earned revenue from game ticket sales, royalties, ‘guarantee’ games and NCAA distributions from tournament play accounted for less than…
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