For WVU, perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the financial report is what it might bode for the future. The school turned a $4.2 million profit despite receiving only a 50 percent share of revenue from the Big 12. As a new member, that figure grows to 67 percent during the current fiscal year, then to 85 percent and finally to a full share in 2015-16.
The Big 12 distributed shares to its members this year of roughly $20 million. Because of escalating rights fees with television, a full share by the time WVU receives one could be in the $25 million to $30 million range.
And while the department still has some outstanding debts that are scheduled to be paid in the future, the repayment of what remains from the Big East buyout is relatively minimal. Of the roughly $20 million paid to the Big East, half of that is already off the books because of last year's forfeiture of revenue.
The remaining $10 million was paid by the Big 12, which is to write off half of that. The other half, $5 million, is to be paid with interest in five installments, but not until WVU begins receiving a full share of conference revenues. So in essence that will reduce those 100 percent shares only by about 4 percent for five years.
As for the current financial report, the largest revenue came from contributions of $23,916,171, ticket sales of $21,411,615 and NCAA/Big 12 revenue of $10,354,499. The next-largest income lines were royalties, advertisements and sponsorships of $4,509,641 and student fees of $4,330,002.
The smallest line item of revenue was state and institutional support, $131,485.
As for expenditures, the largest by far was compensation -- salaries totaling $26,397,507. There were also large line items for facilities maintenance and rental of $10,669,275, student aid (scholarships paid by the department to the school) of $8,737,980 and team travel of $6,920,683. There is also a line item in the report for "other expenses'' of $8,001,410. The school paid $3,900,414 for game expenses and $3,529,447 for equipment, uniforms and supplies.
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