Analysis: University of Arizona athletes No. 1 in state for economic impact

University of Arizona sports programs brought in $189,649 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in Arizona that year, according to an Arizona Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $88,186,587 in 2016. 

The agency's office of postsecondary education collects athletics data annually from all institutions with intercollegiate athletics programs that receive funding through federal financial aid programs. Data for 2016 – the latest year available – includes more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

Arizona's 23 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $261,178,824 in sports revenue in 2016.


Arizona college sports revenue

RankSchoolTotal UndergraduatesSports Total ParticipationTotal Sports RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of Arizona29,049465$88,186,587$189,649
2Arizona State University-Tempe38,761608$98,972,378$162,784
3Grand Canyon University14,542393$22,250,576$56,617
4Northern Arizona University21,490333$18,511,106$55,589
5Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott2,255167$5,071,209$30,367
6Cochise County Community College District1,62685$1,629,014$19,165
7GateWay Community College1,26530$563,650$18,788
8Yavapai College1,69484$1,569,533$18,685
9Tohono O'Odham Community College10322$379,750$17,261
10Estrella Mountain Community College2,89724$345,325$14,389
11Eastern Arizona College1,969185$2,568,170$13,882
12Arizona Western College2,163210$2,478,868$11,804
13Phoenix College2,846208$1,965,490$9,449
14Arizona Christian University651414$3,865,767$9,338
15Central Arizona College1,732215$1,969,591$9,161
16Pima Community College7,476367$2,858,143$7,788
17Chandler-Gilbert Community College3,625152$1,142,531$7,517
18South Mountain Community College1,213145$891,992$6,152
19Scottsdale Community College2,342212$1,277,561$6,026
20Mesa Community College5,883397$2,123,515$5,349
21Paradise Valley Community College2,185182$941,695$5,174
22Glendale Community College5,546285$1,414,173$4,962
23Dine College85141$202,200$4,932
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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