Ballpark Figures

This project examines NCAA financial reports for the 2015-16 school year filed by each of the eight public Texas universities that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision. We requested these reports from each of the universities under the Freedom of Information Act. The reports were returned to us as PDFs, and the data was manually entered.

Our totals for athletic department revenue and individual team revenue do not include money from student fees or direct institutional support. This is because we only report money earned directly by the team or athletic department, not money given by the university or by the students. Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin don’t collect student fees or provide direct institutional support.

Expenses listed for individual teams are only operational expenses. These figures do not include debt payments for facilities. The debt payments are included in total athletic department figures.

We do not include sections for non-program-specific revenue or expenses, but this data can be found for each of the schools in their financial reports, which are linked on each school’s page in this project.

Texas A&M's 2015-16 revenue total includes donations received specifically to rebuild the Kyle Field football stadium.

A note on NCAA/Conference distributions:

The figures listed for NCAA and conference distributions do not include TV revenue, which are listed separated in each university’s NCAA report.

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