How Much do D1 Colleges Spend on Baseball Programs: 2012


I’ve posted information on how much D1 colleges spend on baseball programs before. This post is just an update using the latest information from the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). The information in this post is only from 2012 and uses all expenses while the data in the original post was an average of 2006 to 2010 operating expenses only.

The OPE defines expenses as follows:

All expenses attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities. This includes appearance guarantees and options, athletically related student aid, contract services, equipment, fundraising activities, operating expenses, promotional activities, recruiting expenses, salaries and benefits, supplies, travel, and any other expenses attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities.

This definition means you aren’t exactly comparing apples to apples. The value of scholarships is going to be higher at private colleges and travel expenses will vary according to distance travel and making playoffs. There’s also a problem of data errors.

Keeping all this in mind, the average D1 Baseball expenses by team in 2012 was $1,092,870. Three teams had expenses over four million: LSU, University of Virginia, and University of South Carolina-Columbia. Five teams were in the three million dollar range: University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt, University of Texas, University of Miami, and TCU. Five schools had less than $300,000 in expenses: Coppin State, Mississippi Valley, Jackson State, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and the College of the Holy Cross.

The SEC, Big 12, and ACC conferences had the highest average D1 baseball expenses for teams at over two million dollars each. Another ten conferences averaged in the one million dollar range. Four conferences had expenses averaging less $500,000.

The data in the following table is from OPE and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The four-year graduation rate is used for private schools and the five-year rate for public schools. All of this information in available in the DIY College Rankings Baseball Spreadsheet.

NCAA D1 Baseball Expenses

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