Put a cap on it.

The state

The Regents set limits on the amount of money from student fees and tuition that can go toward athletic programs at the state’s public colleges and universities. The cap will be between 65 percent and 85 percent of the athletic budget at most schools, depending on each school’s athletic association.

The new rules come as a national review of the high cost of athletics at some schools has led to debate about rising college costs and whether students get a good return on their investment when they foot the bill for sports. The goal is for Georgia colleges to seek money for sports through fundraising and other revenue sources beyond what students pay.

All well and good at UGA.  But elsewhere, not so much.

Georgia State University would have to cut the amount of student fees and tuition that fund its athletic programs by about $700,000, according to a new policy adopted by the state’s Board of Regents on Tuesday.

Part two is more of the same in terms where the crunch will fall.

The new rules also cap growth in athletics expenses at 5 percent a year.

The policy update will have little impact on athletic powerhouses Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, which already fund most of their sports programs through broadcasting rights, contributions, ticket sales and other revenue sources. UGA relied on just 2.8 percent of student funding for sports last year; Georgia Tech, 7.2 percent. Both were well under the 10 percent cap placed on them.

Georgia State is one of six schools — along with Armstrong State, Middle Georgia State, East Georgia State, Gordon State and Atlanta Metropolitan State colleges — that is over the subsidy cap, and must cut its reliance on student funding. Almost 68 percent of Georgia State’s athletics budget was subsidized last year, almost 3 percentage points higher than the 65 percent cap now set.

Personally speaking, this is a long time coming and the BOR is to be commended for adopting these policies.  But there’s little doubt it’s more of the rich getting richer.  I doubt Georgia Tech will mind much if Georgia State has a harder time raising money to be competitive.

Meanwhile, McGarity gets to keep students contributing to the reserve fund and can tell Kirby there’s only so much new spending a year he can do.  Win-win, baby!

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11 responses to “Put a cap on it.

  1. Timphd

    I see a flaw in the article. They describe GT as an “athletic powerhouse”, when we all know that ain’t true.

  2. Jason

    GSU will be fine. The others who knows?

  3. Normaltown Mike

    Atlanta Metropolitan State?

    Sounds like the teaser for the Channel Five Traffic Team.

  4. BOR pressure for UGA/Tech to play State/Southern/Kennesaw every year?

  5. Russ

    Shouldn’t they be focused on a minimum that the athletic department has to rebate to the students? Heck with cutting fees, why are the students paying at all when we’re raking in millions each year?

    • The athletic fee is $53 for a semester. Point taken but that isn’t out of line for someone to have access to all sporting events.

      • smithbaby1

        They also get access to the athletic facilities for free and all the rec teams for free with that $53…at least they did when I was a student.

      • Russ

        The way college costs have risen almost the same way athletic “profits” (yeah, I know they’re non-profit) have risen, any increase is really hard to justify when I’m stroking a check for my offspring to attend dear old State U.

        Of course, I can see the other side of this with tying costs to the athletic success or lack there of. Slippery slope and all…