The 25 schools that make the most money in college sports

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It is no secret that big-time college sports is a big-money business, and last year no school made more money from its athletics program than Texas A&M University.

In all, there are now 24 schools that make at least $100 million annually from their athletic department, according to data collected from USA Today and the U.S. Department of Education. That is up from 20 a year ago and 13 in 2014.

Here are the 25 schools that make the most revenue off of college sports and where most of the money comes from, including football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball revenue, the three sports that typically generate the most money.


25. UCLA — $96.9 million

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1-year change: +12.1%

5-year change: +56.6%

Donations: $16.8 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $42.5 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $36.9 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $12.3 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.8 million


24. Nebraska — $102.2 million

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1-year change: +7.8%

5-year change: +39.0%

Donations: $19.7 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $40.7 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $58.9 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $8.4 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.3 million


23. Washington — $103.5 million

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1-year change: +3.3%

5-year change: +61.7%

Donations: $22.8 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $45.9 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $63.7 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $9.8 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.2 million


22. Louisville — $104.3 million

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1-year change: +17.6%

5-year change: +64.3%

Donations: $29.2 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $32.7 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $30.3 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $42.9 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.3 million


21. Oregon — $105.7 million

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1-year change: -46.1%

5-year change: -13.6%

Donations: $27.0 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $42.2 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $57.0 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $8.8 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.3 million


20. Iowa — $106.0 million

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1-year change: +0.0%

5-year change: +19.4%

Donations: $25.3 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $45.1 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $53.9 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $9.9 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.1 million


19. Michigan State — $108.7 million

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1-year change: +3.8%

5-year change: +30.1%

Donations: $26.4 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $48.2 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $53.3 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $18.2 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.8 million


18. Minnesota — $111.2 million

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1-year change: +4.7%

5-year change: +41.2%

Donations: $20.4 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $47.3 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $37.2 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $13.4 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.7 million


17. South Carolina — $113.2 million

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1-year change: +14.8%

5-year change: +41.7%

Donations: $31.2 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $41.1 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $54.9 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $8.2 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.0 million


16. Arkansas — $114.2 million

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1-year change: +18.0%

5-year change: +46.2%

Donations: $24.4 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $49.8 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $61.6 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $15.9 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.3 million


15. Georgia — $116.2 million

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1-year change: +12.2%

5-year change: +29.4%

Donations: $33.9 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $49.8 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $80.5 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $8.5 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.9 million


14. Kentucky — $116.5 million

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1-year change: +20.5%

5-year change: +46.2%

Donations: $24.2 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $56.3 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $33.4 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $23.8 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.6 million


13. Florida State — $120.8 million

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1-year change: +15.3%

5-year change: +62.4%

Donations: $25.3 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $49.6 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $56.9 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $10.2 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $3.8 million


12. Wisconsin — $123.9 million

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1-year change: -3.1%

5-year change: +29.0%

Donations: $22.8 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $54.4 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $47.6 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $20.0 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.6 million


11. Auburn — $124.7 million

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1-year change: +9.6%

5-year change: +34.6%

Donations: $37.0 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $46.3 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $70.5 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $10.3 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.7 million


10. Penn State — $125.7 million

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1-year change: +6.9%

5-year change: +17.9%

Donations: $27.7 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $48.6 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $66.0 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $10.7 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.9 million


9. Tennessee — $126.6 million

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1-year change: +17.8%

5-year change: +9.4%

Donations: $33.4 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $54.5 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $73.4 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $15.9 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $5.6 million


8. Oklahoma — $134.3 million

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1-year change: +3.9%

5-year change: +36.3%

Donations: $32.1 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $54.8 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $73.3 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $9.7 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $2.2 million


7. LSU — $138.6 million

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1-year change: +3.7%

5-year change: +24.9%

Donations: $39.5 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $49.9 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $82.8 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $7.9 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.4 million


6. Florida — $147.1 million

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1-year change: +18.1%

5-year change: +25.6%

Donations: $58.1 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $55.5 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $72.9 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $11.5 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.9 million


5. Alabama — $148.9 million

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1-year change: -2.8%

5-year change: +14.1%

Donations: $29.4 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $56.6 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $93.6 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $13.3 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.0 million


4. Michigan — $152.5 million

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1-year change: -3.4%

5-year change: +42.7%

Donations: $35.7 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $58.1 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $87.0 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $14.2 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $0.3 million


3. Ohio State — $167.2 million

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1-year change: +15.1%

5-year change: +35.7%

Donations: $33.0 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $57.1 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $70.2 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $21.4 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.1 million


2. Texas — $183.5 million

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1-year change: +14.0%

5-year change: +27.8%

Donations: $44.3 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $62.9 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $114.4 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $16.2 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.7 million


1. Texas A&M — $192.6 million

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1-year change: +61.2%

5-year change: +132.7%

Donations: $92.1 million

Licensing/Rights fees: $47.0 million

3-year avg. football revenue: $57.9 million

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $8.6 million

3-year avg. women’s basketball revenue: $1.5 million


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