UMass McGuirk Stadium expansion (20% over original budget estimates, naturally)
The only thing I question in the "Failure To Launch" minority report issued by members of a break away group from the Ad Hoc Committee on FBS Football is the title.
Umass BIG time football indeed launched but, like the 1986 Challenger space shuttle mission, it quickly ran into major difficulties.
According to the "official" report of the Ad Hoc Committee on FBS Football, the Big Business of Umass football in FY13 cost $7,639,732 in overhead, took in $1,995,633 in revenues for a loss of $5,644,099 in taxpayer dollars. Up from FY11 $3,100,000 the (pre-FBS) season two years before.
And this year (FY14) it will be even worse, with total losses projected at $6,312,074.
Let's see, with the team's 2-22 record that works out to $6 million per victory. And yes, UMass football has always been a loser economically, but even if you factor in FY11 losses (before going FBS) the total increase in subsidy these past two FBS years is $8,606,833 or $4,303,416 per victory.
Reminds me of comedian Tommy Smothers line during the height of the Vietnam war protests when he calculated the average cost per Viet Cong killed thus far in the ill-fated war was just over $600,000. "Heck, we could buy them off for a lot less than that."
So you have to wonder if the intangible benefits of BIG time football -- prestige and ego -- are worth $12 million? And as an "opportunity cost," weight how many deserving students could be afforded the opportunity for a life altering education via scholarships.
Or even if you simply wish to keep the money within the realm of athletics, you could revive men’s tennis, gymnastics, or women’s volleyball and gymnastics, all cut in 2006 to save money.
Committee chair Nelson Lacey said Failure to Launch & UMass football index which have been distributed here are not from Ad Hoc committee
— Matt Vautour (@GazetteUMass) December 12, 2013