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Report: UTEP Athletic Dept Ended ’14-15 Year w/$15.5m Loss; Men’s Basketball Only Revenue-Producing Sport

According to research by the Texas Tribune, UTEP’s Athletic Department ended the 2014-15 season with a $15.5 million loss.  Additionally, the same report shows that the men’s basketball program is the only sport where the University sees a profit.

Of the seven other Texas colleges researched by the Tribune Staff, only two: the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A & M showed an overall profit during the same period of time.  The University of Houston, Texas Tech, Texas State University, University of North Texas and UT San Antonio all  showed a loss.

The Herald-Post reached out to UTEP’s Athletic Department for comment on the report shortly after noon Monday, via the department’s Senior Associate Athletic Director Jeff Darby, who stated via email that he passed our request for comment to Athletic Director Bob Stull.

(Editor’s Note: As of publication of this story at 5:20pm, we are still awaiting a response.  Once received, we will include it here.)

The reports, compiled by Tribune writers, come from “reports filed with the NCAA in 2016. They reflect statistics from the 2014-15 school year.”  The data and research have been combined into a user-friendly app, which allows users to compare the major colleges in Texas.

Below is the introduction to the research done by staffers at the Texas Tribune, as part of their Ballpark Figures Special report.

Athletics continues to be a high-dollar enterprise for Texas colleges. The eight public Texas universities that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision — the top level of college football — spent more than $525 million on athletics in the 2014-15 school year.

Football is consistently the top revenue-producing sport, followed by men’s basketball. This app, using data from NCAA financial reports, looks at the finances of those eight universities’ athletic departments. (Private universities also have to file the reports but don’t have to make them public under open records laws.)

Use this app to review where athletics department money is going and how much is being earned back. You can also compare schools to see how one stacks up against another. To learn more about this data, click here.

 To view the report on UTEP in its original form, click HERE. To view the Original NCAA Report submitted by UTEP, click HERE.

This project examines NCAA financial reports for the 2014-15 school year filed by each of the eight public Texas universities that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision. We requested these reports from each of the universities under the Freedom of Information Act.

The reports were returned to us as PDFs, and the data was manually entered.

Our totals for athletic department revenue and individual team revenue do not include money from student fees or direct institutional support. This is because we only report money earned directly by the team or athletic department, not money given by the university or by the students.

Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin don’t collect student fees or provide direct institutional support.

Expenses listed for individual teams are only operational expenses. These figures do not include debt payments for facilities. The debt payments are included in total athletic department figures.

We do not include sections for non-program-specific revenue or expenses, but this data can be found for each of the schools in their financial reports, which are linked on each school’s page in this project.

Texas A&M’s 2014-15 revenue total includes donations received specifically to rebuild the Kyle Field football stadium.

A note on NCAA/Conference distributions:

The figures listed for NCAA and conference distributions do not include TV revenue, which are listed separated in each university’s NCAA report.

If you catch something we’ve missed, or have additional questions about the data, please let us know at ballparkfigures@texastribune.org.

By Annie Daniel, Matthew Watkins, Ben Hasson and Jamie Lovegrove – Texas Tribune

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3 comments

  1. At UTEP, the Athletic Director is an arrogant out of touch leader that has made mistake after mistake! He has killed the once proud basketball program.I don’t think sports will ever be profitable. Bob Stull has been an abysmal failure!!!

    • Ben from White Sands

      Agreed! I will never understand why Dr. Natalicio hired Stull – he has an overall winning percentage less than .500 and in 1989 he leaves UTEP to go to Missouri – why in the hell did they bring his loser mentality back to UTEP – since then he has been the focal leader of totally destroying any respectability UTEP had – so what is the answer to all this loserdome – “let’s focus on 1966” sad just sad

  2. Ben from White Sands

    I’ve said this over and over again – get rid of that money wasting football program, use the money to hire a real basketball head coach, then use that revenue to upgrade both the Sun Bowl and the Haskins Center, then in 5-7 years time – relook at bringing back football, but this spending of money on defunct football and basketball programs is just not sustainable – and if the university believes that “people attending” to watch losers is the answer – then Im opting out and will just quit caring – or maybe I already have.

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