The NCAA conducts 89 national championships in 23 sports. Competition is conducted in Divisions I, II and III, with 44 championships administered for women and 42 for men. Three are coed.
Most NCAA revenue comes from a 14-year, $10.8 billion agreement with Turner Broadcasting and CBS Sports for rights to the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. That agreement was signed in April 2010 and runs through 2023-24. Projected NCAA revenue for 2011-12 is $777 million, $700 million of which (90 percent) is projected to come from media rights payments.
On Dec. 15, 2011, the NCAA and ESPN announced a $500 million multiyear agreement through 2023-24 for worldwide, multimedia rights to 24 NCAA championships and exclusive multimedia rights outside the United States, its territories and Bermuda for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The new agreement, which took effect immediately, also provides expanded coverage of each round of the NIT Season Tip-Off and all games from the NIT Postseason Tournament across the ESPN networks.
ESPN will provide final-round coverage for the following 24 NCAA championships:
For 2010-11, the most recent year for which final numbers are available, the NCAA spent a total of $100.7 million on championships. Of that, $68.3 million (67 percent) was spent on Division I and National Collegiate championships, $15.9 million on Division II championships (16 percent) and $16.5 million on Division III championships (17 percent).
The NCAA covers travel expenses for the official travel party (mostly student-athletes and coaches) at virtually every round of every NCAA championship. For 2010-11, the total was $74 million − $30.4 million for per diem and $44 million for travel. Per diem allowances vary from division to division; they are paid directly to the competing institutions and not to the individuals. In recent years, these costs have shown a trend of increasing. For example, per diem expenditures were $28.3 million in 2008-09 and $28.4 million in 2009-10. Travel costs were $37.3 million in 2008-09 and rose to $41.2 million the next year.
Non-rights revenue from NCAA championships for 2010-11, the most recent year for which complete numbers are available, was $85.9 million. That figure includes ticket sales, apparel sales, concessions and the like.Last Updated: May 29, 2012