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Kentucky Ranks 14th Nationally in Athletic Revenue


A USA TODAY database ranked every public NCAA Division I athletic department’s financing. The University of Kentucky ranked 14th nationally and seventh in the SEC, raking in $116,494,690 for the 2015-15 fiscal year. This was a $10 million increase from the previous year.

On the other side, Kentucky spent $115,159,039 on the athletic program, which ranked 11th nationally and fifth in the SEC.

Kentucky is one of few schools that is able to cover their expenses without heavy subsidization from school or government funds and student fees. According to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal “none of Kentucky’s revenue came from institutional support and less than $1 million came from student fees.”

Screenshot of the top 15

Screenshot of the top 15

Looking at the list… The state of Texas and the SEC sure care a lot about their college athletics.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

6 Comments for Kentucky Ranks 14th Nationally in Athletic Revenue

  1. ChrisHamby
    8:20 pm April 17, 2016 Permalink

    I wonder where Vandy would be on this list if we have their information

  2. A_Blue_Wildcat
    8:23 pm April 17, 2016 Permalink

    Incredible when you look at the list and realize we’re the only one in the top 15 that doesn’t have a good football program.

    • whatwasthat
      8:38 pm April 17, 2016 Permalink

      Penn state a good football program? Doesn’t matter, the football money in the SEC plus the fact that UK still draws a good crowd to its football games, is going to put UK in top tier.

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      8:52 pm April 17, 2016 Permalink

      @whatwasthat Penn State has 2 national championships, how are they not a good football program?

    • ukjaybrat
      8:21 am April 18, 2016 Permalink

      PSU is historically a great program. they’ve had their issues recently because joe pa got old then they were on probation because of the sandusky thing.

  3. UK Fan
    10:05 pm April 17, 2016 Permalink

    If Forbes just announced Louisville Basketball is the most profitable in the nation…& football @UL is so strong they are expanding the stadium & bumping up the salary of the coach for no apparent reason….
    maybe that 7 million $ subsidy should go back to the state budget shortage

    Louisville ACC $104,325,207 $101,624,437 $7,139,281 6.84