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Arkansas sports Top 20 — in spending, at least

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click to enlarge BIG BUSINESS: UA sports is the 16th most expensive in the country, according to new USA Today figures. - UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS ATHLETICS
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  • BIG BUSINESS: UA sports is the 16th most expensive in the country, according to new USA Today figures.

The University of Arkansas Razorbacks haven't made the top echelons in many performance areas this year, but the "program" is among the mightiest in the country in dollars.

USA Today is out with its annual compilation of  of 2014-15 collegiate finances.

Arkansas ranked 16th with $114 million in revenue and $97 million in expenditures. Kevin Trainor, mouthpiece for UA Athletic Boss Jeff Long, was quick to note on social media that Arkansas, like seven of the 10 Top 10 schools, is "self-supporting." There are no direct tax revenues. The SEC TV/marketing contract brings a huge sum into the school, as do premiums put on good seats at football and basketball  games in the publicly owned stadia on the publicly owned campus which couldn't have sports teams at all were it not for the publicly supported academic activities that occupy some students' time between sporting events. 

Boss Long is hoping for $160 million worth of spending on the athletic infrastructure, mainly the football stadium. He's meeting a little unusual questioning on the proposal from UA Trustee David Pryor, a fairly rare turn of events.

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