College football earned $140.9 million for Louisiana schools in 2016

Louisiana State University football brought in $718,194 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it the highest-grossing football program in Louisiana that year, according to a Watchdog.org analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s football program brought in a total of nearly $86.2 million 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.

Louisiana’s 12 schools with football programs reported $140,886,312  in revenue in 2016.

Louisiana college football revenue

School Division Enrollment Football Total Participation Football Revenue Revenue Per Athlete
1 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College NCAA Division I-FBS 23,036 120 $86,183,249 $718,194
2 Tulane University of Louisiana NCAA Division I-FBS 6,487 99 $13,367,701 $135,027
3 Louisiana Tech University NCAA Division I-FBS 7,434 100 $8,334,252 $83,343
4 University of Louisiana at Lafayette NCAA Division I-FBS 12,859 133 $8,450,123 $63,535
5 University of Louisiana at Monroe NCAA Division I-FBS 5,149 127 $5,394,664 $42,478
6 Grambling State University NCAA Division I-FCS 3,597 84 $3,431,098 $40,846
7 Southeastern Louisiana University NCAA Division I-FCS 9,010 115 $3,860,567 $33,570
8 Northwestern State University of Louisiana NCAA Division I-FCS 5,182 123 $3,114,629 $25,322
9 McNeese State University NCAA Division I-FCS 5,444 134 $3,210,736 $23,961
10 Nicholls State University NCAA Division I-FCS 4,585 110 $2,424,842 $22,044
11 Southern University and A & M College NCAA Division I-FCS 4,328 113 $2,404,335 $21,277
12 Louisiana College NCAA Division III with football 830 130 $710,116 $5,462

Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

This article was first published by Watchdog News.

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