Athletics at UND, NDSU Subsidized Heavily by Schools, Students

Prairie Business Magazine recently reported on the athletics finances at the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU). Knight Commission Executive Director Amy Perko provided a national perspective:

“Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, said competition between schools has accelerated athletics spending, especially on coach salaries, personnel and facilities.

“‘The growing emphasis on winning and increasing TV market share feeds a spending escalation. And that spending has helped feed an increasing reliance on subsidies nationwide,’ Perko said…

“Perko said the Knight Commission has never pushed athletics programs to become self-sufficient. She said the commission believes ‘athletics has an appropriate role in university life,’ and one that may require a certain level of financial support from schools and their students.

“Instead, their primary focus is on how universities’ athletics spending on each athlete has outpaced academic spending per student.”

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