Texas, D.C. rank highest in revenue generated by college athletics

Texas and Washington, D.C., see the highest revenues from college athletics, according to data obtained from the U.S. Department of Education.

According to data gathered by the Higher Education Tribune on revenue generated from college athletics from both public and private schools at all levels, with 67 schools, Texas has the highest total revenue from college athletics at approximately $1.15 billion, just over $17 million per school. The University of Texas brings in the most revenue at $182 million. Per capita, Texas sees $43 per person of revenue from college athletics.

If broken down per capita, Washington, D.C., ranks highest with $155 of revenue per person in the population. Of the eight D.C. schools, Georgetown University brings in the most at $37.7 million. D.C. ranked 38th on the list of total revenue with approximately $104 million.

Other high-ranking states per capita include Nebraska ($112 per person), Alabama ($107 per person), Iowa ($105 per person) and Oklahoma ($103 per person). By total revenue, the top five states were Texas, California ($1.08 billion), Pennsylvania ($790.7 million), New York ($731.8 million) and Florida ($728.6 million).

Alaska ranks last on the total revenue list with $19.5 million, while Nevada is last per capita with $25 per person.

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Top Athletic Revenue by state

The table below shows how much in revenue each state sees from college athletics, according to U.S. Department of Education.

State # of schoolsTotal RevenueTop School (Revenue)
Texas67$1,148,456,207Univ. of Texas ($182,104,126)
California79$1,082,932,418Stanford Univ. ($112,036,255)
Pennsylvania98$790,745,870Penn State Univ. ($132,306,528)
New York107$731,852,458Syracuse Univ. ($82,676,041)
Florida25$728,608,326Univ. of Florida ($134,033,664)
North Carolina48$700,958,483Duke Univ. ($91,971,836)
Ohio56$631,531,521Ohio State Univ. ($169,904,847)
Virginia36$551,447,275Univ. of Virginia ($100,632,835)
Indiana40$525,937,061Univ. of Notre Dame ($134,211,095)
Alabama26$519,463,405Univ. of Alabama ($164,005,589)
Michigan35$500,970,036Univ. of Michigan ($146,219,589)
Tennessee33$499,674,723Univ. of Tennessee ($135,949,847)
Illinois51$468,796,083Univ. of Illinois ($78,395,389)
South Carolina32$443,098,894Univ. of South Carolina ($122,331,092)
Georgia42$409,579,956Univ. of Georgia ($123,841,268)
Oklahoma25$400,919,708Univ. of Oklahoma ($150,371,578)
Kentucky26$390,716,181Univ. of Kentucky ($124,006,908)
Massachusetts53$388,420,441Boston College ($71,314,082)
Louisiana21$338,502,309Louisiana State ($141,456,764)
Missouri37$333,043,125Univ. of Missouri ($91,573,174)
Iowa27$327,727,025Univ. of Iowa ($117,002,340)
Kansas24$297,552,674Univ. of Kansas ($94,697,418)
Washington17$276,069,248Univ. of Washington ($107,154,560)
Connecticut19$274,123,061Univ. of Connecticut ($79,267,924)
Oregon18$259,026,921Univ. of Oregon ($92,375,046)
Mississippi14$254,871,408Ole Miss ($98,377,760)
New Jersey28$254,394,039Rutgers Univ. ($78,845,894)
Wisconsin30$252,475,332Univ. of Wisconsin ($130,045,544)
Colorado16$236,175,589Univ. of Colorado ($77,276,890)
Arkansas19$226,806,581Univ. of Arkansas ($127,316,374)
Minnesota29$219,070,053Univ. of Minnesota ($107,705,479)
Arizona6$219,041,539Arizona State ($92,146,148)
Maryland20$217,913,969Univ. of Maryland ($94,101,697)
Utah8$211,519,726Univ. of Utah ($703,464,405)
Nebraska14$211,422,825Univ. of Nebraska ($109,967,175)
West Virginia18$188,609,309Univ. of West Virginia ($91,412,352)
Rhode Island8$105,165,854Providence College ($30,751,094)
D.C.8$104,132,542Georgetown Univ. ($37,745,393)
New Hampshire11$88,887,496Univ. of New Hampshire ($29,173,087)
Idaho6$81,912,376Idaho State ($36,099,264)
New Mexico7$75,139,554Univ. of New Mexico ($35,338,508)
North Dakota8$70,746,588North Dakota State ($25,278,776)
Nevada3$70,115,732Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas ($39,010,843)
Montana9$68,488,192Univ. of Montana ($20,231,317)
South Dakota11$65,726,181South Dakota St. ($14,370,734)
Hawaii5$59,531,792Univ. of Hawaii ($41,997,257)
Maine14$54,717,727Univ. of Maine ($18,817,295)
Delaware5$53,413,634Univ. of Delaware ($30,851,418)
Vermont11$37,774,791Univ. of Vermont ($17,874,475)
Wyoming1$35,450,681Univ. of Wyoming ($35,450,681)
Alaska2$19,504,634Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage ($12,962,142)

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Per Capita Athletic Revenue by State

The table below shows how much revenue per capita each state sees from college athletics, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

State Total RevenuePopulationRevenue Per Person
D.C.$104,132,542672,228$155
Nebraska$211,422,8251,881,503$112
Alabama$519,463,4054,849,377$107
Iowa$327,727,0253,107,126$105
Oklahoma$400,919,7083,878,051$103
Kansas$297,552,6742,904,021$102
West Virginia$188,609,3091,850,326$102
Rhode Island$105,165,8541,055,173$100
North Dakota$70,746,588739,482$96
South Carolina$443,098,8944,832,482$92
Kentucky$390,716,1814,413,457$89
Mississippi$254,871,4082,984,926$85
Indiana$525,937,0616,596,855$80
South Dakota$65,726,181853,175$77
Tennessee$499,674,7236,549,352$76
Connecticut$274,123,0613,596,677$76
Arkansas$226,806,5812,994,079$76
Louisiana$338,502,3094,649,676$73
Utah$211,519,7262,942,902$72
North Carolina$700,958,4839,943,964$70
New Hampshire$88,887,4961,326,813$67
Montana$68,488,1921,023,579$67
Virginia$551,447,2758,326,289$66
Oregon$259,026,9213,970,239$65
Pennsylvania$790,745,87012,787,209$62
Wyoming$35,450,681584,153$61
Vermont$37,774,791626,011$60
Massachusetts$388,420,4416,745,408$58
Delaware$53,413,634935,614$57
Missouri$333,043,1256,063,589$55
Ohio$631,531,52111,594,163$54
Michigan$500,970,0369,909,877$51
Idaho$81,912,3761,634,464$50
Colorado$236,175,5895,355,856$44
Wisconsin$252,475,3325,757,564$44
Texas$1,148,456,20726,956,958$43
Hawaii$59,531,7921,419,561$42
Maine$54,717,7271,330,089$41
Georgia$409,579,95610,097,343$41
Minnesota$219,070,0535,457,173$40
Washington$276,069,2487,061,530$39
New York$731,852,45819,746,227$37
Florida$728,608,32619,893,297$37
Maryland$217,913,9695,976,407$36
Illinois$468,796,08312,880,580$36
New Mexico$75,139,5542,085,572$36
Arizona$219,041,5396,731,484$33
New Jersey$254,394,0398,938,175$28
California$1,082,932,41838,802,500$28
Alaska$19,504,634737,732$26
Nevada$70,115,7322,839,099$25

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