Sixty percent of NCAA revenue is distributed directly to Division I conferences, which pass most of that money along to their member institutions to support their athletics programs. Another major use of NCAA revenue is the support of 89 national championships in 23 sports, including coverage of travel expenses for all participants. Other student-athlete benefits include catastrophic-injury insurance coverage for all student-athletes; year-round and championship drug-testing programs; and various scholarship programs, among others.
The NCAA annually spends more than $90 million on 89 national championships in three membership divisions.
Travel trends (in millions)
For 2011-12, the most recent year for which final numbers are available, the NCAA spent a total of $105.3 million on championships. Of that, $68.8 million (65 percent) was spent on Division I and National Collegiate championships, $17.8 million on Division II championships (17 percent) and $18.7 million on Division III championships (18 percent).
The NCAA covers travel expenses for the official travel party (mostly student-athletes and coaches) at virtually every round of every NCAA championship. For 2010-11, the total was $74 million − $30.4 million for per diem and $44 million for travel. Per diem allowances vary from division to division; they are paid directly to the competing institutions and not to the individuals.
Non-rights revenue from NCAA championships for 2010-11, the most recent year for which complete numbers are available, was $85.9 million. That figure includes ticket sales, apparel sales and concessions, among other things.Last Updated: Dec 26, 2013