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Janine said on August 26th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Does NCAA Division 2 athletics play any role at all in the impact of the college sports as a business?


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John said on August 27th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Many people think when tuition rises at a major D1 school, it’s because of extravagant facilities or other athletic expenses.

Chris G said on August 28th, 2013 at 6:41 am

We are all aware of the growth and success of Divison I basketball and football. However, college baseball offers as much tradition and storied programs in a sport that is considered “America’s Passtime”. Despite a lot of the challenges that exist for college baseball, how can the sport continue to leverage the interest in collegiate athletics to become more of a mainstream sport?

Kristi Dosh said on August 30th, 2013 at 6:12 am


The best way I know to answer this question is from a financial standpoint. I was at a presentation the NCAA CFO made at a conference this summer. I don’t recall Division II bringing in any real revenue. Most of the NCAA’s revenue comes from television (primarily the March Madness tv deal), with a small portion coming from championship events (again, mostly from March Madness in the form of ticket sales). Many Division I sports don’t make money for the NCAA, so it’s not really surprising Division II isn’t a real source of revenue. – Kristi

Kristi Dosh said on August 30th, 2013 at 6:15 am


I’ve never seen any real evidence that athletics spending impacts tuition. It does, however, increase student fees added into tuition at some schools. For those schools, the processes vary from school to school as to whether students vote on those fees or not. – Kristi

Kristi Dosh said on August 30th, 2013 at 6:17 am

Chris G,

Personally, I think college baseball will always suffer because of Minor League Baseball. So many of the good players end up there instead of in the college ranks. That being said, I think there are efforts to improve college baseball, such as the NCAA’s changes to RPI this past season to account for the cold weather up north at the beginning of the season. Check out this article Mackenzie Thirkill wrote on my BusinessofCollegeSports.com site: http://businessofcollegesports.com/2013/07/10/why-isnt-college-baseball-more-popular/. – Kristi

Paul said on August 30th, 2013 at 7:39 am

If the NCAA were to start paying its players do you think that would cause a lot of the non revenue sports to fold and be taken away at some of the smaller schools? That could be a major problem I think since it will eliminate a lot of deserving scholarships.

Josh said on August 30th, 2013 at 8:26 am

The big talk that I’ve heard recently is for 4 super conferences to break away and start their own league. This would provide more money for these schools-and that is what these schools are all about-so what incentives are for them to stay with the NCAA?

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