In our article yesterday examining Ole Miss’ financial picture, we wrote that it would be nice if more major athletics departments would be a similarly forthcoming with their finance. Enter: the Oregon Ducks.
Truth be told, saying Oregon is open with its finances sells them entirely short. The Ducks are so forthcoming, they’re basically inviting anyone in the world to sit on on their budget meetings and leaf through their accounting files. This page, with links to 45 different reports ranging from two types of NCAA fiscal year reports dating back to 2008 to the MOUs for nine separate projects, is more than any fan, alum, booster or media member could ever hope to process in one sitting.
For the 2014 fiscal year, Oregon will pull in $93,012,500, nearly $23 million ahead of Ole Miss. While Ole Miss receives a higher payout from the SEC than Oregon gets from the Pac-12 ($21.5 million to $18.7 million), the Ducks are well ahead in ticket sales ($22.3 million to $15.2 million) and donations ($29.9 million to $12.05 million). The Ducks pull in nearly 50 percent more ticket revenue at a stadium at a stadium that’s 10 percent smaller.
At both places, though, football foots the bill for the rest of the athletics department. Here’s how it works at Oregon:
On the expenses side of the ledger, Ole Miss spends 34.8 percent of its budget on salaries/benefits and scholarships. Oregon’s books look nearly identical, down to the decimal point.