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UK has the 19th-highest revenue in the nation

Only 18 college athletic programs brought in more money than the University of Kentucky last year, according to USA Today. Your University of Kentucky Wildcats raked in $88,373,452 in revenue in 2012 while shelling out $84,929,819 in expenses. That’s a profit of $3,443,633 on the year.

Check out these fancy charts for the breakdown and view the rankings here:


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26 Comments for UK has the 19th-highest revenue in the nation

  1. Ahhha
    1:18 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    More importantly, one spot ahead of Louisville.

  2. srangler
    1:19 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    $827172 in student fees. What is that? Scholarships?

  3. Will
    1:20 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    That’s incredible considering football drives this thing and we were 2-10. Bright, bright days ahead.

  4. Rockfield, KY
    1:21 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    We bring in more revenue than UL and over 12% of their revenue comes from subsidies. We’re down below 1%. Their football team must lose money.

  5. imagine
    1:28 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Just imagine what our revenue will be when commonwealth adds 18 suites and 2000 club seats, Rupp arena adds 30 suites, and the new sec network revenue. Basically UK has a lot of potential revenue growth whereas louisville has basically hit their celing.

  6. Cal
    1:28 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Podcast at 12:30???

  7. student tickets
    1:29 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    2- That is the money UK students pay for basketball and football tickets. Which is $5 a game and I think is the lowest in the SEC.

  8. bbmike
    1:29 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    If I was a UL student I would be po’d. Student fees are a portion of the tuition they pay that goes to the athletic department. UL has got to charge more than any other school out there. UK’s is near zero per student and it should stay that way. Subsidy is exactly what it is-not revenue.

  9. Syrin
    1:31 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Two points:

    1) Football still rules for revenue
    2) Louisville gets 10 MILLION in subsidies ?!?!?!

    Wait until the SEC network is formed. EVERY SEC team can expect a big jump in revenue.

  10. Jeff Garlin
    1:35 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    How is Iowa ranked that high?

  11. TimeFor9
    2:01 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    not surprising that Lousville needs more assistance than the big boys. Yet they still wanna hang with big bro. Go stand in the welfare line where you belong.

  12. I Say
    2:06 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    We are the only basketball school in the top 20. Cant wait to see what the Stoops affect will do to those numbers in the coming years

  13. If I'm Reading this right
    2:06 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    This means Louisville LOST a bundle of money on athletics, right?

  14. Unknown Avenger
    2:09 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Ok this might come across as total dumbness… but if the school in one year makes 3.4 million.. How are we paying one single coach more than that per year?

  15. RealCatsFan
    2:10 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Look at how many SEC schools are in the top-25 on that list – I have always said that the ACC is a much better fit for UK from a competitive standpoint in BB and FB, but one look at those numbers is all the assurance you will ever need that UK will never leave the SEC, no matter how many times we get pounded on the gridiron. Hopefully Stoops & Co will reverse that trend in the future as well.

  16. RealCatsFan
    2:10 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    14 – the coaches’ salaries are one component of the total expenses.

  17. Duck fuke
    2:40 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    And still only 8th best in the SEC. I wonder what the future impact of a revived football program would do?

  18. Mike
    2:41 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    So why is it the Tards get 10.7 million in subsidy and we get 850k?

  19. UK Grad
    2:55 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Kudos to the UK athletics department for not dipping into school funds. $0 every year. Look at UL for example. $8 million plucked from the school for athletics. Mitch should get credit for sustaining this athletic dept w little to no impact on the university itself

  20. DCS195
    3:29 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville had $500,000+ of revenue less than UK and almost $800,000 less in total expenses. They saved on travel expenses during Nov. and Dec.

  21. Dookie Pukey
    4:51 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Why do I keep scrolling only to not find Puke on that list? Did I completely miss them? LMAO at the elitest!!!

  22. 8andcounting
    6:17 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    I like how “other” accounted for $27.5 million.

  23. Otis
    10:24 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    All that revenue for a 2-10 football team and NIT first round loss to Robert Morris basketball team

    If the football team wins four games and the basketball team makes the tournament (NCAA)
    We may be looking at revenue of over a billion dollars

  24. Alex
    11:00 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    21 – No Duke and no other private schools. I was trying to find USC and they’re not listed

  25. StoopsTroops
    2:22 am May 9, 2013 Permalink

    1. IIRC the UKAA is giving even more money than their usual $1-2 million to the University the next couple years.
    2. UKAA pays the full OUT of state tuition rate for all athletes even those from inside the state. Most schools do not do this
    3. No private schools are on the list because they do not fall under the same rules as public schools do.
    4. UL is kicking our ass when it comes to Corporate Sponsorship and donations. We really need to find a way to fix that discrepency!
    5. The resurgence of the FB program and a NCAA championship run in BB will help UK
    6. The new SEC network… double the money from the SEC for us.

  26. StoopsTroops
    2:23 am May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I believe the UKAA is giving $4 Million the next couple years to the University instead of their standard $1-2