Intercollegiate Athletics:

Compensation Varies for Selected Personnel in Athletic Departments

HRD-92-121: Published: Aug 19, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on intercollegiate athletics, focusing on: (1) the revenues and expenses of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its member schools' athletic departments; (2) the gender and race or ethnicity of staff members in schools' athletic departments; and (3) the compensation of those staff members.

GAO found that: (1) NCAA receives the majority of its revenues from television fees, and its largest expense is the distribution of funds to its members; (2) ticket sales are the largest single source of revenue for member schools' athletic departments, and salaries and wages are the biggest expense of the larger schools; (3) women mainly held positions in women's athletic programs, and minorities rarely held positions in the larger schools' athletic departments except at historically minority schools; (4) head football coaches received the highest average total compensation, while head coaches for women's basketball received the lowest; (5) head coaches of women's basketball earned less than head coaches of men's basketball; and (6) female head coaches of women's basketball had a higher average total compensation than male head coaches, but earned less outside income.

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