Thursday, August 28, 2008

NCAA Women's Field Hockey

The Big Ten champion Iowa Field Hockey team had a great year last year finishing ranked 5th in the nation (8th in RPI). This year the women open on the road taking on Wake Forest (ranked #2 last year) on August 30th and then North Carolina (ranked #1 last year) on August 31st in the Big Ten/ACC challenge. What a way to start the season! Iowa's home opener is Friday September 5th vs. American University.

Yet, my thoughts turn from the excitement on the field to revenues and expenses and I have been looking at the 2005-2006 financial data. Here is what I have found. First there are not a lot of NCAA Division I-A field hockey teams - only 25, the Big Ten has seven of those and the ACC an additional six teams, which is over half of all the NCAA Division I-A field hockey teams. Given the small amount of data, any comparisons should be "taken with a grain of salt". I have listed below the results for UI, the average for the Big Ten (including Iowa), the ACC, and for all 25 NCAA Division I-A field hockey teams.

As you can see from the table below, Iowa has a smaller field hockey team than the average for the Big Ten, ACC or for all Division I-A schools, which inflates the loss/student. Iowa has higher than average revenues for the Big Ten, but also higher expenses than the average Big Ten field hockey club. Iowa's loss is slightly lower than the average Big Ten field hockey team, but is relatively high compared to the average ACC team or all 25 NCAA Division I-A field hockey clubs.

School/Conf. Number Revenue Expenses Loss Loss/Student
Iowa 17 $165,264 $806,329 -$641,065 -$37,710
Big Ten 22.14 $104,602 $766,390 -$661,788 -$30,210
ACC 21.83 $202,428 $779,838 -$577,411 -$27,620
All 25 21.24 $198,752 $677,305 -$478,553 -$22,947

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