More on the High Cost of Intercollegiate Athletics

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Nicholas Piotrowicz, a sportwriter for the Toledo Blade, has provided an analysis of the high cost of competing at the bottom end of Division 1 intercollegiate athletics and, in particular, the FBS division of college football. The article is titled “MAC Schools’ Cost of Athletics Up 75% over last 10 Years,” and it opens with some startling statistics: “The 12 current full members of the MAC, which includes the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, spent more than $326 million to fund their sports teams during the 2015 fiscal year, the most recent year for which data is available. The same 12 schools spent $184 million in 2005. Adjusting for inflation, MAC schools are spending more than $100 million per year above what they were spending a decade ago. As a result, the programs—already reliant on significant financial help—are more subsidized than ever. For many MAC schools…

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