USA Today: B1G has 11 of nation's top 35 earners


USA Today: B1G has 11 of nation's top 35 earners

USA Today is out with another one of its exhaustive lists. This time, the paper looks at the 2012 finances of the schools, ranking them 1-228. The story looks at schools’ revenue, expenses, total subsidy and percent of subsidy.

The Big Ten has 11 schools among the nation’s 35 best earners. This isn’t a shock, is it? Ohio State is No. 2 in the nation; Michigan is No. 3.

It’s impressive that some schools take no subsidies to run their athletic departments. They are self-sufficient. But others do. This hardly seems fair. Honestly, every athletic department should be self-sufficient. It doesn’t seem right to take money away from education, etc., to fund athletics. If you can’t afford it, don’t do it.

Here’s a look at the Big Ten schools that are subsidized:

Michigan $258,885

Iowa $543,574

Indiana $2,782,080

Illinois $3,937,890

Michigan State $4,206,730

Minnesota $6,961,066

Wisconsin $7,127,453

Here are the Big Ten schools that aren’t subsidized:


Ohio State

Penn State


Since Northwestern is a private school, it released no data. But check out Rutgers, which will join the Big Ten in 2014—its subsidy was $27,996,056. Maryland—also joining in 2014—had a $17,244,084 subsidy in 2012.

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