not about the money for math; it is for
Figure this one out: Gov. Terry Branstad
and the Legislature cut by nearly $4.3
million — that's 5.4 percent — the funding
for this year for the University of Northern
Iowa, the university that trains the state's
teachers. Then the governor holds a big
meeting on education, talks about restoring
Iowa's lead in education, and creates
the "Governor's Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council."
Among the council's goals: "Better
preparing math and science teachers."
As co-chair, he names Ben Allen, the president
Allen's first recommendation should be
clear: Give UNI back the money.
Meantime, Skinny, always trying to be
constructive, has come up with a solution
to another of UNI's money problems: its
costly subsidization of the athletic program.
This year, the university will have to
put $3 million of its general funds —
that's money from tuition and state appropriations
— to help pay for the program, which gets
none of the big-time television and bowl
and conference money that Iowa and Iowa
The other day, The Des Moines Register's
Randy Peterson noted that Iowa will shell
out more than $1 million to entice Louisiana-Monroe
to show up and be battered at Kinnick
Stadium on Sept. 24. "There are only
so many schools that are willing to play
games without a home-and-home relationship,"
an Iowa official explained to Peterson.
So it's clear: UNI should leave the Missouri
Valley Conference and become a road team,
scheduling the highest bidder for each
of its 11 games. It could pick up $10
million or so, enough to offset the subsidy,
offset the drop in state appropriations
to the school, and provide some more money
to teach those aspiring math and science
teachers. They'd become the Washington
Generals of college football.
You read it here first. And last.
Before you go to Google: The Washington
Generals are the team that plays the Harlem
Globetrotters. The Generals have beaten
the Globetrotters twice in 58 years. ...
The University of Iowa expects to make
about $4.5 million on its football program
this year, and that doesn't count the
millions the school gets from television
contracts and bowl games. It is budgeted
to lose about $2.5 million on men's basketball,
around $700,000 on wrestling, and around
$4 million on all other men's sports —
tennis and golf and track and the like.
The university expects to lose around
$3 million on women's basketball, more
than $1.1 million on volleyball, and around
$7.8 million on all other women's sports
— tennis and golf and track and the like.
Those figures — being presented to the
Board of Regents this week — add up to
a loss of around $3 million on men's sports
and nearly $12 million on women's sports.
All told, the University of Iowa expects
to take in nearly $75 million — actually,
a record $74,942,716 — in athletics income
in the fiscal year that ends next June
30, with a whopping $23 million or so
coming from the Big Ten and other TV and
bowl deals. Another $8.6 million comes
from gifts. Amazingly, it expects to spend
that same $74,942,716. That's about a
6 percent increase from the $70,736,793
estimate for income — and, of course,
spending — in the fiscal year just ended.
It returns nothing to the university.
The athletic department at Iowa State
University is budgeted to take in $46,144,311
and to spend $46,042,151 in the current
year, up from $42,220,610 in revenue and
$42,117,046 in spending in the year just
ended. Those increases are around 9 percent.
The increase is primarily because of a
new TV deal for the Big 12 Conference.
For the first time in recent memory, there
is no direct subsidy to the ISU athletic
department from general university funds;
last year, the subsidy was about $1.6
Iowa State gets $8.5 million in ticket
revenue for football and spends $2.9 million
on the sport, for a profit of $5.6 million.
It pulls in another $11 million in football
revenue from the Big 12 Conference and
TV deals. Men's basketball is sort of
the same: $2.3 million in ticket revenue,
$4.1 million in TV and conference money,
and costs of about $1.4 million. Women's
basketball takes in $550,000; it costs
a bit more than $700,000 to suit up the
team. The wrestling team spends about
$75,000 more than it takes in.
The increase in revenue at Iowa State
comes primarily from a better TV deal.
The increase at Iowa comes in large part
from fees fans pay for premium seats at
the renovated Carver-Hawkeye Arena. These
big jumps come as the universities themselves
struggle with reduced state appropriations
and as parents struggle with tuition-and-fee
increases of around 6 percent — and up
to 12 percent in some cases.
Meantime, take pity on UNI. Its athletic
revenues — and expenses — this year are
budgeted at $11,489,124, down slightly
from the estimated $11,505,111 taken in
last year. The university will lose around
$1.8 million on football this year, around
$800,000 on men's basketball, close to
$1 million on all other men's sports,
and around $3.5 million on women's sports.
Unless they become the Washington Generals.