2013Jan 17 2:52 pm

    Top Money Making Universities

    By Andy COMMENT
  • College athletic programs have always been good moneymakers, but now they are racking in millions at universities across the country. It’s no wonder universities are fighting to get in with big name sports conferences like the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Big Ten; these conferences bring in millions for athletics and the school each year.

    Out of all the universities across the country, here are the top ten moneymakers, based on revenue generated from athletics over the past year.


    University of Tennessee, SEC

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Revenue 2011-12: $105.9 million

    As the first of many southern schools to make this list, Tennessee prides itself on its 18 men’s and women’s Division One teams and 150 SEC Championships.


    Auburn University, SEC

    Auburn, Alabama

    Revenue 2011-12: $106.0 million

    This Alabama team has some of the best swimmers in the country. Thirteen out of Aubrun’s 18 all-time NCAA National Championships are from the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.


    Oklahoma State University, Big 12

    Stillwater, Oklahoma

    Revenue 2011-12: $106.5 million

    Oklahoma State boasts 51 National Team Championships, the most won out of every team in the Big 12 conference, including the University of Texas.


    Penn State, Big Ten

    University Park, Pennsylvania

    Revenue 2011-12: $108.3 million

    At the end of the 2011-12 season, Penn State had five Big Ten Championships and 61 All-American players, plus some of the rowdiest fans in the country.


    Louisiana State University, SEC

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Revenue 2011-12: $114.0 million

    LSU has 46 National Championships and 120 SEC Championships, most coming from LSU’s basketball and track teams. But these teams couldn’t succeed without Louisiana’s championship winning cheerleaders in the crowd; Louisiana State has one of the top cheerleading programs in the nation.


    University of Florida, SEC

    Gainesville, Florida

    Revenue 2011-12: $120.3 million

    Most recently, the Florida Gators won NCAA Championships in men’s track and field and women’s tennis.


    University of Alabama, SEC

    Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Revenue 2011-12: $124.1 million

    The University of Alabama is the second school in Alabama to make this list. The university brought in 22 team NCAA Championships.


    University of Michigan, Big Ten

    Ann Arbor, Michiagan

    Revenue 2011-12: $128.8 million

    Michigan has a sterling football team toting 11 football National Championships. But Michigan’s football team can’t quite keep up with men’s swimming and diving, which brought in 18 National Championships.


    Ohio State University, Big Ten

    Columbus, Ohio

    Revenue 2011-12: $142.0 million

    Ohio State brings in the big bucks with their Division One FBS football team, one of only 13 in the nation, and their champion Division One ice hockey team.


    University of Texas, Big 12

    Austin, Texas

    Revenue 2011-12: $163.3 million

    Texas loves their sports and they aren’t shy about spending money on them. Texas not only brings in the biggest sports revenue in the nation, they also shovel out over 25 million a year on their team and premium guests.

    The team boasts 100 Big 12 conference and tournament titles since the conference began in 1996, which is more than any other school in the Big 12. On top of that, 23 athletes from the University of Texas went to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

    What do you think about the amount of revenue these schools are bringing in from their athletic programs?


    About the Author

    Andy Johnson-- Living in the space where mountaineering and competitive sports intersect, Andy brings an understanding of endurance to our team.