Michigan Athletics Reports $130.3 Million Budget for 2013 Fiscal Year

June 21, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon presented to the Board of Regents today (Thursday, June 21) the budget for fiscal year 2013. The athletics department projects an operating surplus of $5.8 million for FY 2013 based on total operating revenue of $130.3 million and operating expenses of $124.5 million.

"We plan to use our operating surpluses to help keep our debt levels manageable as we continue the fundraising efforts that will enable us to fund our ongoing capital and facility renewal projects," said Brandon. "Our goal is to create 'leaders and best' practice and competition facilities which will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans who attend our athletic events the best possible experience."

Following are highlights of the FY 2013 budget:

  • The budget reflects a six-game home schedule for football, the neutral-site affair with Alabama at the Cowboys Classic, and a slight increase in football ticket prices.
  • Budgeted preferred seating donations and other expendable gifts increased to $27.4 million from $26.2 in FY 2012. Premium seating areas in Crisler Center are being added for FY 2013 and are essentially sold out.
  • Salaries and wages, financial aid, and team and game expenses all reflect the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as varsity sports. The department supports more than 850 student-athletes and 300 employees.
  • Big Ten Conference distributions consisting of television revenue, postseason participation in football bowl games and basketball tournaments is expected to exceed $25 million prior to the department's contribution to the University's general fund.
  • Debt service has increased $1.5 million to a total of $14.7 million due to additional debt for the Crisler Center renovation project.

In addition, the athletics department reported that preliminary results project an operating surplus of $15.3 million for FY 2012. This is $3.9 million more than budgeted and is primarily due to higher than budgeted spectator admissions in football and men's basketball and larger licensing royalties. The operating surplus is being used to assist with the renovation projects at Yost Ice Arena and Crisler Center.

"The 'Under the Lights' game against Notre Dame, our football team's participation in the BCS Sugar Bowl, and robust ticket sales during our men's basketball season helped us achieve higher than budgeted revenue," added Brandon. "We have received strong support from our donors and fans, allowing our department to make sizable investment in certain facilities projects that will positively impact a significant number of our student-athletes and programs."

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