Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Mary Anderson

Advisor Department



The athletic departments of many colleges and universities serve as a significant source of revenue to the university. For most colleges and universities, football is the most popular program in the athletic department. The purpose of this research is to analyze different categories of revenues and expenses of each athletic department to investigate how these factors affect the winning percentage of the specific football team. In addition, BCS and non-BCS teams are compared to see how the BCS title affects these categories of revenues and expenses. Multiple regressions are run with the winning percentage being the dependent variable with the categories of revenues and expenses being the independent variables. The results show that most p-values are not significant. External revenue sources affect non-BCS teams while internal revenue sources impact BCS teams. Further research may provide evidence of interactions among the revenues and expenses created as a synergy of the variables.

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Accounting Commons