Any time there’s a story around Syracuse Orange finances, you can bet on Chris Carlson having something extensive published on the topic — and so was the case again here, with data from the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act becoming public for 2017-18.
Some of the top-line numbers Carlson shares: Syracuse had $93.8 million in athletics revenues for 2017-18, versus $77.1 million in expenses. He also notes that football was the only sport to be in the bottom half of the ACC in funding. Both Orange men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse spent the most on their programs of all schools sponsoring the sport, and by a considerable margin in both cases.
While Syracuse spends a lot on many of its non-revenue sports, as you’ll see in Carlson’s piece, there’s still plenty put toward the biggest moneymakers as well. Orange men’s basketball spent the seventh-most in the country at $14.7 million (though that was third in the ACC). Football is 45th in the country at $25 million, but that’s just ninth in the ACC. For reference, Alabama spends more than twice that. Florida State — who Syracuse beat last year — also spends more than double what SU does on the sport.
The Orange increasing football spend (went up $3 million from 2016-17 to 2017-18) is a sign of what’s to come, we’re sure. That mark doesn’t include even larger expenses on football this past season, plus starting in 2019, Dino Babers’s lucrative contract extension. If football is going to continue to improve its lot in life, the best way to make that happen is money spent on facilities, salaries, recruiting, etc.
Check out Carlson’s full piece below, plus more of your Syracuse-related links:
Over the past 10 years, Syracuse’s revenue from athletics has grown 80 percent from $52 million to $93.8 million. The biggest beneficiary of the additional money at Syracuse (as well as other schools across the country) have been head coaches. The salary pool for Syracuse head coaches has increased 168 percent over the past decade, rising from more than $3.1 million to more than $8.3 million.
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