USA Today report shows Fresno State athletic department received huge increase in student fees, school funds, in 2012

At Fresno State ticket revenue and contributions to the athletic department were down in 2012, falling more than $1.6 million and $2.3 million from 2011.

But the Bulldogs’ athletic department received significantly more money through student fees and school funds than in past years, according to data compiled by USA Today and the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University in a special report detailing spending and revenue at Division I athletic programs.

The athletic department reported $30,724,143 in total revenues to rank 71st in Division I including $4,063,999 in student fees (up from $1,620,712 in 2011) and $8,977,440 in school funds (up from $6,778,286).

The USA Today database listing every Division I program can be found here.

Across Division I public universities only 23 of 228 athletic departments generated enough revenue on their own to cover their expenses last year, and subsides to athletic departments went up by nearly $200 million from 2011 at a time many universities are tightening budgets and trimming academic programs.

That increase is the largest year-to-year since USA Today started collecting financial information athletic departments reported to the NCAA in the 2004-‘05 fiscal year.

In the Mountain West Conference, including San Jose State and Utah State, which are joining the league this year, Fresno State ranked eighth in total revenue and fourth in the amount received through student fees and ninth through school funds.

The two other California State University programs in the conference – San Diego State and San Jose State – as well as Colorado State were the only schools to take in more revenue through student fees than Fresno State.