Study: IU basketball nation’s fourth most valuable program

  • 04/01/2016 3:40 pm in

The Wall Street Journal on Thursday published an annual study conducted by Ryan Brewer, an¬†assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, which ranks the nation’s college basketball programs by their¬†estimated value.

Indiana falls at No. 4 in the rankings with a projected value of $243.8 million, behind Louisville, Kansas and Kentucky.

In last year’s rankings, Indiana came in at No. 8 with a valuation of $199 million.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Brewer factors in expenses, revenue, cash-flow, risk assessments and growth projections in order to determine what a program would be worth on the market if it could be sold like a professional team.

Here’s how the other Big Ten programs came in on the list:

5. Ohio State – $240.4 million
8. Wisconsin – $206.9 million
12. Michigan State – $126.6 million
13. Maryland – $123.9 million
14. Purdue – $109.6 million
15. Illinois – $109.1 million
16. Minnesota – $99.7 million
21. Michigan – $82.1 million
23. Northwestern – $81.5 million
30. Penn State – $68.7 million
32. Iowa – $62.9 million
53. Nebraska – $41.3 million
83. Rutgers – $25.9 million

The full study is available here.

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  • Gregory Spera

    Indiana Basketball’s “value” surged up 22.5%, year to date. Wish my other interests where doing as well.

  • OhioHoosier

    A mega iubb fan/kelley student’s dream article

  • Rob

    As a fan, I’d rather be fourth best on the court and less valuable financially.

  • Doc

    If, for no other reason, hiring Tom Crean as IU’s Basketball coach has been a success in terms of “value added” to IU.

  • cooper

    This means literally nothing when it comes to performance or recruiting

  • Hoosier89

    Bunch of Debbie Downers here, huh? It’s just a discussion piece.

  • Kiddo2050

    Obviously. That’s true in Pro sports as well. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the most valuable team in the NHL by far and are one of if not the worst team in that league.

  • TomJameson

    Haven’t been online for almost a week and just trying to catch up! One thing I’ll say about the “value” of the basketball program is that it really does matter, and DOES mean something when it comes to performance or recruiting. Where the differences are made can be found in the management of that value. More money for improvements, better qualified trainers, better equipment, better everything that costs money. The managements job is to take that value and turn it into a plus for the program, and I think they are on the right track.