Schools That Make the MOST MONEY Off of Basketball

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Seems to me we SHOULD be on this list!
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So, if I read the logos right...
Indiana
Michigan St
Illinois
Purdue
Ohio State
Michigan
Nebraska
so, 7 from the Big Ten?
Is #1 Duke?
 

We probably were at some point. Just looking at some random years: 13th in attendance Nationally in '94, 18th in '95, 23rd in '03, 33rd in '12, back up to 23 in '13, surprsingly still 29th in '18. Oustside the top 30 in 2020 (only shows top 30 and Gophers attendance was about 1,400 less per game than the number 30 schools, same with 2022 when Gopher attendance was about 1,000 less per game than the number 30 schools. Not sure I buy that we had 10,267 per game in '22 but that is what the NCAA claims: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/2023/Attend.pdf

I know this past season (which I assume is considered '23 and not listed yet) was really bad not only in attendance but also in like suite sales. The fact that people have come out and supported this program over especially the last decade when it's been a dumpster is quite impressive. It seems like the line was drawn when a match was taken to it and it became a flaming dumpster fire.

*This is just men's attendance, I would assume we are also hurt by not being competitive on the women's side.
 

Before people get too caught this is probably just a click bait data grab by AI.

The accounting standards make what was reported to the Department of Ed unreliable for these types of comparisons (accross specific sports) unless they’re specifically carved out of the FInancials statements.

If I recall correctly, The U does some kind of goofy expense allocations that will reduce the reported profitability of athletics in general.
 

We probably were at some point.

I believe the Gophers were the most profitable MBB program in the Big Ten from about 1998-2003.

That is clearly no longer the case, as many programs have built new arenas since 1998 and have more revenue creating opportunities. Plus, there hasn't been much sustained on court success in the past two decades for the Gophers, which doesn't help, either.
 


Before people get too caught this is probably just a click bait data grab by AI.

The accounting standards make what was reported to the Department of Ed unreliable for these types of comparisons (accross specific sports) unless they’re specifically carved out of the FInancials statements.

If I recall correctly, The U does some kind of goofy expense allocations that will reduce the reported profitability of athletics in general.
Yup, Any analysis that claims Cal and Vandy are among the leaders should not only be questioned, it should be mocked.
 

We probably were at some point. Just looking at some random years: 13th in attendance Nationally in '94, 18th in '95, 23rd in '03, 33rd in '12, back up to 23 in '13, surprsingly still 29th in '18. Oustside the top 30 in 2020 (only shows top 30 and Gophers attendance was about 1,400 less per game than the number 30 schools, same with 2022 when Gopher attendance was about 1,000 less per game than the number 30 schools. Not sure I buy that we had 10,267 per game in '22 but that is what the NCAA claims: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/2023/Attend.pdf

I know this past season (which I assume is considered '23 and not listed yet) was really bad not only in attendance but also in like suite sales. The fact that people have come out and supported this program over especially the last decade when it's been a dumpster is quite impressive. It seems like the line was drawn when a match was taken to it and it became a flaming dumpster fire.

*This is just men's attendance, I would assume we are also hurt by not being competitive on the women's side.
I have also seen revenue lists like this that we were on the last 5 years or so. Some of it is a game because the school can allocate the TV revenue however they want between sports etc. But certainly the drop in attendance has hurt.
 

So $20 million in revenue is pretty common....seems $5 million a year for a top level proven head coach to get you up into the $25 million and up bracket in revenue is money well spent? Add a booster, the Dunkers somebody to help with some $ to defray some risk ...how, why wouldn't everybody get the best coach possible to elevate your school in every way?
Oh by the way we get $100 million from the Big Ten Network to invest somewhere.
 

We probably were at some point. Just looking at some random years: 13th in attendance Nationally in '94, 18th in '95, 23rd in '03, 33rd in '12, back up to 23 in '13, surprsingly still 29th in '18. Oustside the top 30 in 2020 (only shows top 30 and Gophers attendance was about 1,400 less per game than the number 30 schools, same with 2022 when Gopher attendance was about 1,000 less per game than the number 30 schools. Not sure I buy that we had 10,267 per game in '22 but that is what the NCAA claims: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/2023/Attend.pdf

I know this past season (which I assume is considered '23 and not listed yet) was really bad not only in attendance but also in like suite sales. The fact that people have come out and supported this program over especially the last decade when it's been a dumpster is quite impressive. It seems like the line was drawn when a match was taken to it and it became a flaming dumpster fire.

*This is just men's attendance, I would assume we are also hurt by not being competitive on the women's side.
Minnesota still managed to crack 10,000. A lot of folks dressed up as empty seats though.

Good to see Northern State retaining the DII attendance crown.
 



Gopher Attendance since 1990:

YearNational RankAverage Attendance
19901514,671
19911015,393
19921414,572
19931314,876
19941314,154
19951814,047
19961714,140
19971314,054
19981713,617
19991314,709
20001913,767
20012512,074
20022212,194
20032312,696
20042712,228
20053510,566
20062911,535
20073710,974
20082812,452
20092313,400
20102313,453
20112413,241
20123311,794
20132312,580
20143211,255
20152912,188
20163810,706
20173710,308
20182911,850
2019N/R >3010,675
2020N/R >3010,232
2021N/AN/A
2022N/R >3010,267
 

Gopher Attendance since 1990:

YearNational RankAverage Attendance
19901514,671
19911015,393
19921414,572
19931314,876
19941314,154
19951814,047
19961714,140
19971314,054
19981713,617
19991314,709
20001913,767
20012512,074
20022212,194
20032312,696
20042712,228
20053510,566
20062911,535
20073710,974
20082812,452
20092313,400
20102313,453
20112413,241
20123311,794
20132312,580
20143211,255
20152912,188
20163810,706
20173710,308
20182911,850
2019N/R >3010,675
2020N/R >3010,232
2021N/AN/A
2022N/R >3010,267
I assume paid attendance and not scanned tickets...
 

Stanford and Cal "make" the most money off basketball in the PAC 12??

Hmmm
 







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