How COVID-19 disrupts the economics of college football in small-town Texas

Sep 25, 2020
People who go to sporting events at Texas A&M University usually spend more than $120 million a year.
Because of COVID, Texas A&M is allowing only 25% of the stadium to be filled for its upcoming home games, but that’s still about 30,000 people.
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Higher education could see big revenue losses from a sports shutdown

Jul 10, 2020
College sports bring TV contracts, corporate donations and other income that could be lost this year due to COVID-19.
Fans cheer the Ohio State University Buckeyes at a 2008 game. In one year, sports brought in $209 million to the school.
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College football, by the numbers

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

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.

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

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

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

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…

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The costs and benefits of a winning college football team

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

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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