Alumni Contributions to Academics

The Role of Intercollegiate Sports and NCAA Sanctions

Authors

  • Paul W. Grimes,

    1. Paul W. Grimes, Ph.D., and George A. Chressanthis, Ph.D., are associate professors of economics. College of Business and Industry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762
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  • George A. Chressanthis

    1. Paul W. Grimes, Ph.D., and George A. Chressanthis, Ph.D., are associate professors of economics. College of Business and Industry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762
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      The authors extend their thanks to the Mississippi State University Development Foundation and to the following units of Mississippi State University for their cooperation in this project: The Office of the President, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Gratitude is extended to Michelle Arrington and David D. Easley for locating and verifying important data.


Abstract

Abstract. The effect of intercollegiate athletics on alumni contributions to the academic endowment of an institution is analyzed empirically. Using time series data from a representative National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I university, a contribution function is estimated which incorporates various measures of success in the major sports programs. After controlling for the population of alumni, student enrollment, state appropriations, and per capita income, the results indicate that contributions are positively related to the overall winning percentage of the intercollegiate sports program. Post season play is not found to be a significant determinant of donations to academics while television appearances are positively related to contributions. The results also suggest that sanctions imposed by the NCAA for rules violation may slightly reduce contributions to academics.

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