Few states are as crazy about sports, especially football, as Texas. Rivalries between college teams are inescapable, with die-hard fans in every generation.
But maintaining the heated hype behind these teams, as well as the teams themselves, cost a pretty penny.
The Texas Tribune compiled data on the expenses of sports teams for Texas’ eight universities that compete in the top tear for college athletics – the Football Bowl Subdivision.
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Among these eight colleges, more than $526 million was spent on athletics in the 2014-15 school year.
Of course, football typically creates the most revenue out of any sport, but can also be the biggest resource suck.
Outside of the University of Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, no other college even breaks even on their football team. All three of these schools are part of the Big 12, which comes with a lucrative TV contract.
In an August 2016 report, Benjamin Wermund and Joseph Duarte wrote about how UH was banking on joining a major conference in order to sustain the school’s athletics spending. In the end, the Big 12 opted not to expand. You can read their full report on HoustonChronicle.com.
Private schools in the FBS – Baylor, TCU, Rice and SMU were not tracked.
Click through above to see which sports make the most money for their colleges, and which teams lose the most money.