Louisiana State athletes No. 1 in state for economic impact

Louisiana State University sports programs brought in $315,988 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in Louisiana that year, according to a Watchdog.org analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $146,934,487 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 25 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $343,244,661 in sports revenue in 2016.

Louisiana college sports revenue

Rank School Total Undergraduates Sports Total Participation Total Sports Revenue Revenue per Athlete
1 Louisiana State University and Agricultural
& Mechanical College
23,036 465 $146,934,487 $315,988
2 Tulane University of Louisiana 6,487 301 $42,459,986 $141,063
3 Louisiana Tech University 7,434 315 $22,467,526 $71,325
4 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 12,859 401 $26,541,072 $66,187
5 Grambling State University 3,597 217 $9,429,354 $43,453
6 Southeastern Louisiana University 9,010 340 $14,419,587 $42,411
7 University of Louisiana at Monroe 5,149 358 $14,242,574 $39,784
8 Northwestern State University of Louisiana 5,182 356 $12,744,329 $35,799
9 University of New Orleans 4,644 155 $5,417,246 $34,950
10 Xavier University of Louisiana 2,120 100 $3,254,641 $32,546
11 McNeese State University 5,444 386 $11,018,462 $28,545
12 Nicholls State University 4,585 298 $8,463,641 $28,401
13 Southern University and A & M College 4,328 312 $8,174,699 $26,201
14 Dillard University 1,179 69 $1,725,177 $25,003
15 Loyola University New Orleans 2,274 174 $4,021,958 $23,115
16 Baton Rouge Community College 3,714 80 $1,165,856 $14,573
17 Bossier Parish Community College 3,504 93 $1,207,502 $12,984
18 Southern University at Shreveport 1,760 26 $325,156 $12,506
19 Louisiana State University-Shreveport 1,651 98 $1,163,524 $11,873
20 Southern University at New Orleans 1,371 55 $640,807 $11,651
21 Delgado Community College 5,404 71 $763,674 $10,756
22 Louisiana State University-Eunice 1,386 85 $911,282 $10,721
23 Louisiana College 830 307 $2,499,110 $8,140
24 Centenary College of Louisiana 473 213 $1,386,716 $6,510
25 Louisiana State University-Alexandria 1,776 315 $1,866,295 $5,925

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

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