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Subsidies Growing At Athletic Departments Nationwide, Including HBCUs

Grambling State’s athletic department, led by Dr. Percy “Chico” Caldwell is the lowest subsidized HBCU athletic program, according to a USA Today database.

USA Today released its annual report on the economics of Division I college athletics on Wednesday, and the results for HBCUs weren’t too positive. HBCU revenue compared to 2006-2011, but the athletic programs were subsidized at a higher rate. HBCUs aren’t alone in that respect, however, as it was the trend nationally.

According to this report, all but 23 schools received subsidies for their athletic departments. These subsidies are in the form of student fees, school or state support.

Among HBCUs, Delaware State had the highest subsidy percentage at over 87 percent. Grambling State had the lowest percentage at just over 38 percent. DSU recieved over 11 million in subsidies while Grambling received just under two million dollars, according to the database.

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This year, seven of the ten of the schools with the lowest revenue were HBCUs, up from six in the 2012 database. Those seven schools: Mississippi Valley State, Grambling State, Alabama A&M, Alcorn State and Jackson State from the SWAC and Coppin State and Maryland-Eastern Shore of the MEAC.

What do you think of these numbers? Can they be improved? What do they mean?

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