Thursday, September 25, 2008

NCAA Women's Golf

The University of Iowa's women's golf team hit the links this past weekend finishing 9th on Saturday and 8th on Sunday out of 12 teams in East Lansing, MI.

Let's take a look at the revenues and costs of NCAA women's golf programs. Please note: I was unable to get all the teams from each conference, so the data below only includes those teams who I had data for. Also, some conference teams do not have a women's golf program.

As we see in the table below, the women's golf team is more expensive (on a per student basis) than the average Big 10 team, and Iowa State is less expensive (on a per student basis) than the average Big 12 team. We see a trend continuing - in that smaller conferences - have smaller per student losses than large conferences on average. Also, from the 98 schools that I looked at from the 2005-2006 academic year, only 9 made a profit, and an additional 5 broke even. That means that about 85% of these 98 schools lost money on women's golf.

School/Conf Number Revenues Expenses Profit/Loss Per Student
Iowa 9 $41,843 $256,107 -$214,264 -$23,807
Iowa State 8 $146,014 $289,708 -$143,694 -$17,962
ACC 9.3 $84,503 $374,581 -$290,078 -$33,665
Big 10 11.9 $204,236 $392,807 -$188,571 -$18,544
Big 12 10.0 $103,045 $399,519 -$296,473 -$29,340
Big East 10.6 $89,423 $268,981 -$179,558 -$18,226
Conf USA 8.7 $166,091 $260,860 -$94,769 -$11,094
Mid-American 8.8 $93,636 $232,001 -$138,365 -$15,248
Mountain West 9.6 $176,504 $324,200 -$147,696 -$15,430
Pac 10 9.0 $184,146 $483,011 -$298,865 -$33,666
SEC 9.1 $99,329 $442,797 -$343,468 -$38,518
Sun Belt 7.9 $102,333 $171,151 -$68,818 -$8,360
WAC 8.7 $73,201 $204,382 -$131,181 -$15,724

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