Survey says: UGA isn’t all that serious about football

OK, so I’m exaggerating. (But only for effect!) The Fanhouse survey, as compiled by Brent McMurphy, of how much each school spends on its college football program doesn’t exactly suggest that the Georgia Bulldogs care nothing about winning. But it is a bit disconcerting to note that UGA, with an allocation of $19.83 million, ranked only seventh in the 12-team SEC and 15th nationally among football spenders for the school year 2008-2009.

And yet, as revealed in Part 2 of Fanhouse’s breakdown, Georgia stood second only to Texas in football revenue. The Longhorns banked $65.02 million in 2008-2009, the Bulldogs $45.38 million. (No wonder UGA could afford to pay Todd Grantham $750,000. It had been pinching pennies!)

The most intriguing part, at least to me, of the Fanhouse data: The biggest SEC spender wasn’t Florida, wasn’t Alabama, wasn’t even LSU or Tennessee. It was Auburn, which laid out $28.8 million for football — the second-most (behind Ohio State) of any school. And you wonder — or perhaps you don’t — why banker Bobby Lowder remains the biggest man on that campus.

Another nugget: Georgia Tech spent $16.12 million on football but made only $6.71 million on the sport. And you wonder — or perhaps you don’t — why the Institute can’t afford to buy out Paul Hewitt.

I’m not a major fan of spreadsheet journalism, but these Fanhouse numbers are fairly fascinating. And in Part 3, you’ll discover that Georgia earned $81.49 million from all its athletics programs in 2008-2009 — that ranks UGA 11th nationally — while Tech banked only $48.06 million, placing the Jackets 54th among the 65 BCS schools.

I say again: Dan Radakovich is one heck of an athletics director.

176 comments Add your comment

MatthewH

July 1st, 2010
9:48 am

Mark-You’re just writing headlines to rile up the fans aren’t you? Shame, shame. So, we are going to have an entire day of Georgia and Georgia Tech bashing here on the ol’ blog, right?

MatthewH

July 1st, 2010
9:50 am

I’m curious-what exactly did Auburn get for all that money they spent? Or was it all spent on stretch limos?

F-105 Thunderchief

July 1st, 2010
9:50 am

Yeah, Tech is stuck with Hewitt.

Mark Bradley

July 1st, 2010
9:50 am

Me? Rile people up? Surely you joust.

GeoffDawg

July 1st, 2010
9:50 am

As I learned recently from D. Orlando Ledbetter, that’s a lot of “stacks”.

Sir Lancing A Lot

July 1st, 2010
9:58 am

Did someone say something about jousting?

dawgfan

July 1st, 2010
10:00 am

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we run this state.

richtfan

July 1st, 2010
10:00 am

seems to me that the “star” radakovich isn’t much of a star if his vaunted football program generates only $6.71 million. that is an abject joke.

Taylor wooten

July 1st, 2010
10:01 am

UGA sure ain’t spending it on baseball either. Their facilites are pitiful…when compared to their SEC and some of their ACC rivals…. AND even some of their in-state brethern like Ga Southern.

Where is all the money going?

Worm

July 1st, 2010
10:02 am

C’mon, Mark..didn’t Lowder’s bank recently fail?..With this economy, I’m sure more folks wished their rainy day funds were as well stocked.

Bubba

July 1st, 2010
10:02 am

IF Tech could fill up that highschool stadium they would make more.

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 1st, 2010
10:03 am

This coming from the guy who thinks the Braves should sign B.J. Upton? I can’t say I would ever respect your opinion on anything other than…possibly soft serve ice cream.

Andy

July 1st, 2010
10:03 am

When you say Tech only made $6.71 million, is that before or after costs?

Dead

July 1st, 2010
10:03 am

When is this stock market going to stop crashing. This world sucks. This is what happens when you have a bunch of socialists running things.

Sweet Home Alabama

July 1st, 2010
10:04 am

The Mutts are serious about losing.Anytime Mutts ,we will come over to your little HICK town and put a 50 ON you.You got my word on that.

ROLL TIDE ROLL ………..GOD BLESS AMERICA……………….

GT is for Losers!!!

July 1st, 2010
10:05 am

GT is pulling in the big bucks!!!

Author Pendraggin

July 1st, 2010
10:08 am

Sir Lancing A Lot, I’ll take you up on that joust as soon as I get out of this camel lot.

1eyedJack

July 1st, 2010
10:09 am

Sounds like the Gnats could qualify for welfare.

UGASlobberknocker

July 1st, 2010
10:10 am

How does Fla bring in 108 and GA only 80 something? also if Auburn is spending that much money..what are they spending it on?

Michael Scharff

July 1st, 2010
10:13 am

We have been privilged to attend the G-Day games in the enclosed seating area with my Dad’s G-Club membership. The accomodations are amazing – great food, soda fountains, nice restrooms, air conditioning. So, why, OH WHY, can’t the Athletic Department come off some of that money ad renovate the concourses around the stadium? The concession stands and bathrooms are TERRIBLE! Also, please get rid of the antiquated aluminum benches and install actual chairback seating!

Jeff

July 1st, 2010
10:13 am

Dead: The economy tanked under “W”, not “O”.

Blindog

July 1st, 2010
10:13 am

Bama fans have the shortest memory of all football fans.

dagnabit

July 1st, 2010
10:17 am

Dead should NOT be allowed to vote. This crash is a result of republican policys from 1994 to 2008 and the repeel of the Glass-Steagal Act.

Value

July 1st, 2010
10:24 am

To those fans poking fun at the financial disparity between the in-state rivals, sounds to me like GT is making more happen with less and Georgia is well, you get the picture. But I guess that does leave plenty of money to contribute to the clean-up effort after home games and for some flashy new black helmets.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 1st, 2010
10:26 am

Yo quiero hombres

1eyedJack

July 1st, 2010
10:29 am

Dang, I thought this economic crisis was the result of the Community Re-investment Act, a Democratic piece of legislation. Silly me.

GeoffDawg

July 1st, 2010
10:32 am

Dead is right on. The economy tanked because of the socialist housing policies enacted by Barney Frank in conjunction with the quasi-governmental organizations of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac. Now, under the further socialist policies of Obama, we’re heading for a double-dip recession. That trillion dollars in stimulus really did a bang up job, didn’t it?

Will

July 1st, 2010
10:33 am

J

July 1st, 2010
10:33 am

Value, You can’t sell college football in the largest city in the South. Making more with less?

J

July 1st, 2010
10:36 am

Will, isn’t that a photo of a prison?

Tech Sting

July 1st, 2010
10:37 am

Georgia wastes millions on its program and gets 5 loss seasons. Tech spends much less and gets BCS bowls. What gives? I guess damon evans and richt need another big raise!

mike young

July 1st, 2010
10:37 am

Jeff you haven’t seen anything yet…. business doesn’t trust THIS administration… congress is to blame… stimulus $$$ spending that will bankrupt USA was PORK.. No one in this administion has any real world business.. military experience and political payback.. anti business.. pro union.. tax increases that are called fees… worldwide CRASH… how do you spell DEPRESSION ????

Dead

July 1st, 2010
10:37 am

Morons,
The economy was primed for recovery. It’s been the socialist who has ruined that. But that is his plan to keep as many people dependent on gov’t. Glass Steegal was repealed under clinton.

Look at the 10 year. This economy is going to get much worse. Look at today’s housing numbers. Look at europe. You want that here? That is socialism. We have an inexperienced socialist running this country into the ground.

And conservatives tried twice to get regulation for fannie and freddie in 2005 and 07. It was voted down by dems. Learn the facts morons.

East Atlanta

July 1st, 2010
10:37 am

Is anyone here directly impacted, in any way AT ALL, by the revenues of these schools? Didn’t think so. All that matters is what you see on the field on Saturday. That said, Bama fans can go back to “cleansing” their record books of the DuBose/Shula years. They never happened, right? Or did you somehow claim three more national championships because of them?

Bryan G.

July 1st, 2010
10:38 am

Value – you raise a good point.

I’m surprised that Tech’s football revenue is THAT low. I would imagine it was higher in 2009-2010, Mark? A big difference in the two schools is that UGA brings in 20-25M a year in donations for the right to purchase season tickets. I know Tech brings some in, but nothing near that obviously.

Dead

July 1st, 2010
10:39 am

Recession is when your friend loses his job. Depression is when you lose your’s. Recovery is when Obama loses his.

GeoffDawg

July 1st, 2010
10:39 am

Tech Sting – BCS Bowl(s)? Did you really mean to make that plural? From the league that has exactly one BCS bowl win this decade.

gest

July 1st, 2010
10:41 am

Mark isn’t gest, surely you gest

F-105 Thunderchief

July 1st, 2010
10:43 am

Maybe Tech will get a big donation from Joe Johnson, lottery winner. You know, if the check clears.

. YELLOWBELLY

July 1st, 2010
10:45 am

hey liberals-trickle down economics. learn it,live it. oh yeah 30-24

Jeff

July 1st, 2010
10:49 am

Mark, you’re not reporting these numbers correctly. You’re presenting the football program net revenue’s as revenue’s, which is different. Net revenue is revenue minus expenditures. GT didn’t LOSE money, they actually had a NET revenue of $6.71 million, which means they had a football revenue of $22.89 million and spent $16.12 of that on the football program.

1eyedJack

July 1st, 2010
10:49 am

Rejoice O’ Tech men in thy BCS Orange Bowl. In the years to come you will reflect fondly on that…and thy ring-worthy 2008 State Championship.

EJ

July 1st, 2010
10:50 am

Mark:
Did you bother to look at the overall documents? I did. Overall the UGA Athletic Department came away with a net profit of more than $4 million, which is great until you consider that a few years ago that amount was $24 million. Sure UGA could spend what Auburn does on football, but that would be to the detriment of all the other fine sports UGA supports – sports I might add that have actually won national championships recently. I’m sure many don’t care about UGA tennis and grouse over the fact that it loses money – but don’t you think John Isner’s tale from a week ago was a point of pride for Bulldogs everywhere? Imagine the PR UGA got every time Isner stepped in front of the mass of cameras wearing a UGA shirt? How about Russell Henley and Bubba Watson and Whitney Wade and Courtney Kupets? UGA athletics is not all about football, but don’t tell that to the AJC, especially since the paper scribes headlines that read “UGA isn’t all that serious about football”

15 wins in 50 years

July 1st, 2010
10:50 am

Tech Sting, remind me how many BCS bowls has Tech participated in?

marseilles mutt

July 1st, 2010
11:00 am

….as I recall, a lot of that money- several millions from the AD- went back to the academic side of the ledger, did it not?

Exactly how much MB?

Clay

July 1st, 2010
11:06 am

So how about new breaking news!!! Daman Evans arrested last night for a DUI!!! See ya later Evans

RedPantsDawg

July 1st, 2010
11:07 am

I personally think UGA is due a refund from Willie Martinez and Fabris for the last 2 years. It overspent for the results it got that’s for sure.

OSCAR

July 1st, 2010
11:08 am

Spending that kind of $$$$$$$$$$$$$ should earn a NC!!!!

c

July 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Damon Evans got a DUI last night, not setting a good example!

Mike Jay

July 1st, 2010
11:12 am

This is kind of pointless isn’t it? A programs spending will fluctuate from year to year as it makes improvements to it’s facilities, hires new coaches, buys out old coaches, etc. When UGA greenlights the new indoor practice facility they will be closer to #1 in spending for a year or 2 and then settle back down. They recently renovated the stadium (adding more seats) the weight room (state of the art), etc. They are in a non spending mode atm becuase of said indoor practice facility imo. Much adu about nothing in other words. Besides in today’s economy isn’t a little frugleness a good thing? I mean hell they are laying of teachers left and right in Georgia.