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By The Numbers

College football, by the numbers

by Katherine Wiles Aug 29, 2019
In celebration of the 150th season of college football, let's run the numbers on the intense sport.
USC's Adoree' Jackson intercepts a pass intended for Stanford's Francis Owusu at Stanford Stadium in 2016 in Palo Alto, California.
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NCAA Division II teams are investing millions in their athletics

by Greg Echlin Dec 13, 2018
Universities regard football as the welcome mat to their institutions. And even schools in the NCAA Division II are taking it seriously enough to invest millions in the their athletic facilities.
The Big Book

Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley on the economic realities of football careers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Oct 24, 2018
The game lifted him out of poverty, but he doesn't want his son to play.
Marcellus Wiley says he went through the rigors of football “fueled by necessity. I needed the money, I needed the opportunity, but my son won't.” Above, he plays defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.
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Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley on the economic realities of football careers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Oct 24, 2018
The game lifted him out of poverty, but he doesn't want his son to play.
Marcellus Wiley says he went through the rigors of football “fueled by necessity. I needed the money, I needed the opportunity, but my son won't.” Above, he plays defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.
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There may be more empty seats at college football games than official numbers report

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Aug 31, 2018
That’s what data obtained by the Wall Street Journal’s senior sports reporter Rachel Bachman shows. According to numbers of ticket scans from the 2017 season, only 71 percent of the people reported in official attendance numbers actually showed up to…

The costs and benefits of a winning college football team

by Greg Echlin Jan 15, 2018
Having a winning college football team led by a top caliber coach is worth the investment for some cities. Just ask Manhattan, Kansas, which invested over $200 million to improve its sport facilities and paid the coach for Kansas State’s…

Athletic departments scramble as donors lose tax deduction for ticket rights

by Andy Uhler Jan 1, 2018
Donations made in exchange for university sports season tickets will no longer be 80 percent tax deductible in 2018, which has some schools worried that donations could drop.
Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama.
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It's not the holidays without 40 college football bowl games

by Andy Uhler Dec 29, 2017
Right?
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers of the USC Trojans celebrates after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions 52-49 to win the 2017 Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 in Pasadena, California.
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Players skipping bowl games reignites debate about college athlete compensation

by Andy Uhler Jan 2, 2017
By sitting out bowl games, some players seek to protect their NFL value
Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Berkeley, California. 
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Final Note

ESPN airs the college football championship 14 different ways

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 11, 2016
Because 13 wasn't enough