Amy Perko 
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Re: “Is Cal's Football Program Really Losing Money?

Robert Gammon's story above has a couple of inaccuracies that stem from a basic misunderstanding on the part of the reporter. The NCAA uses the terminology "Football Bowl Subdivision" to describe the classification of the entire athletics program for the 120 schools that have football programs competing at a specific level. This terminology is used by the Knight Commission since it is the official terminology used by the NCAA to describe this subset of schools. This division was formally referred to as Division IA. The other Division I subdivisions are the Football Championship Subdivision and Division I without football. NCAA financial reports use these classifications to describe the finances of the entire athletics program for each subset of schools. Chancellor Kirwan's statement about the most recent NCAA report was accurate as he was talking about the results for the entire athletics program, using the NCAA subdivision terminology, not specifically football programs. Mr. Gammon asked me specifically about the data related to net operating revenue of football programs and I provided that information, which is available in the Knight Commission's College Sports 101 report at This report provides a factual overview of the business of college sports with easy-to-read graphs.

Posted by Amy Perko on 10/27/2009 at 8:20 PM

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