BY JEREMY HOECK
The South Dakota Board of Regents released this week the Athletic Report for fiscal year 2012, for the six state universities.
The regents will discuss the report on Thursday, Dec. 13 at their bimonthly meeting in Spearfish.
As you can see, page two of the report details each school’s income and expense statements, including what they brought in for specific areas.
As those figures pertain to the two Division I schools, South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota, what are we to make those numbers?
The first number I looked at was “Gate Receipts,” in other words what each school made on ticket sales for home games. There’s a huge disparity here. SDSU made $1,324,899 in the time period between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, while USD made $278,912.
Why the differences?
Put simply, attendance isn’t really a concern at Jackrabbit home games (specifically in football and men’s/women’s basketball), while attendance is clearly lacking in Vermillion. As someone who spends a lot of time covering games and events in the DakotaDome, I can tell you this is no surprise.
What do you think?