Michigan universities lose millions on sports, report shows

Aug 29, 2016

Western Michigan University spent nearly $26 million from 'institutional funds' to cover the costs of athletics in 2014-15, the MLive report says.
Credit Western Michigan University

College athletics are not moneymakers for most public institutions in Michigan. 

A new report from MLive called ‘The Price to Play’ shows that most universities are losing money on sports. Western Michigan University, for example, spends tens of millions of dollars to keep its athletic department afloat, the report says. 

Paula Gardner, an MLive reporter who worked on the series, says students and taxpayers are footing the bill. She spoke with IPR News Radio's David Cassleman about the price of big-time college athletics: