Iron Bowl of budgets: Who makes more, spends more?

Alabama and Auburn compete in everything. Why not include athletic budgets of the two sides of the Iron Bowl? Through the magic of open records requests, I have spreadsheets for days of both schools’ budgets from documents they submit to the NCAA.

First take a look at the revenues reported from 2011 broken down by category. Look below for a few observations.

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In chart form, it looks like this:

Next there is expenses. Again, each category is listed.

And for the visual learners …

And for the grant totals …

A few thoughts to ponder:

  • Alabama does not charge a student fee like Auburn does, but revenue does include “direct institutional support.”
  • Alabama still made about $2.5 million more than Auburn in the year the Tigers won a football national championship. Alabama $9.2 million in that category after the 2009 title while Auburn made $5.2 million last year.
  • Alabama’s endowment investment income dwarfs Auburn’s ($7 million to $1.9 million).
  • Programs, concessions, etc, brings in $2.2 million for Auburn and only $111,731 for Alabama.
  • Alabama had $10.9 million in other revenue compared to Auburn’s $1.3. That always confuses me.
  • Auburn spent more in coaches salaries thanks in part to major raises within the football program. Gene Chizik and his nine assistants made $4.8 million more in 2011 than 2010.
  • The Alabama football program spent $980,882 on recruiting last year compared to Auburn’s $950,378.

I hope you love numbers as much as I do. If you made it this far, you must be somewhere in my realm of dorkiness. Sorry about that.


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2 responses to “Iron Bowl of budgets: Who makes more, spends more?

  1. What does direct institutional support include?

    • From the report: “Include value of institutional resources for the current operations of intercollegiate athletics, as well as unrestricted funds allocated to the athletics department by the university (e.g. state funds, tuition waivers, and transfers). Also include Federal Work Study supportfor student workers employed by the athletics department.”

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