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Re: “Arkansas sports Top 20 — in spending, at least

Oh, the creative accounting. I wonder how much of the "revenue" comes from student fees or even tuition? Those aren't tax revenue, so it's technically correct to say that taxes aren't paying for it. They don't have an athletic fee per se, but I'm curious if they get a chunk of the student activity fee, or health fee, or some other fee. And what about the lost opportunity cost of having nearly 70 acres of prime downtown real estate used only for sporting events? That's not included in those expenses. And how about legal expenses for university counsel for anything athletic related - is that separated and counted in the athletics expenses? Probably not. I could keep going, but I'm starting to feel like Rumsfeld by answering my own questions...

The real question should be: how are they able to be profitable, while most other universities aren't even close? Simple - by beating down the other institutions in the state in the legislature and remaining the only game in town. My understanding is that only two universities in the state get 100% of the long standing funding formula - UofA and UCA. Everyone else deserves more funding and gets dramatically less than the state says they should. Many institutions are at 80% or less. And this state funding typically pays for actual instruction. Considering that only about 1/2 of U of A's students come from Arkansas, I think the funding disparity is shameful and it remains because of the popularity of the hogs. Well, I just answered another one of my questions. Next thing you know, I'll be talking about unknown unknowns....

Posted by Lebowski on 04/18/2016 at 8:09 PM


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