Study: IU basketball is nation’s second most valuable program

  • 04/02/2018 9:25 am in

Although its overall value declined, Indiana basketball is the nation’s second most valuable program, according to a study published by The Wall Street Journal.

After coming in fourth in the study released 2016 (2015 data) and third in 2017 (with 2016 data) in Ryan Brewer’s annual rankings of the country’s most valuable college basketball program’s, IU moved up to second in this year’s study, which includes 2017 data.

The study was published on Monday morning by the The Wall Street Journal (paid link).

Indiana was valued at $243.8 million in 2015, a record $277.8 million in 2016 and $243 million in 2017. This year’s valuation represents a 12.5 percent decrease from last year. In 2014’s study, Indiana was eighth nationally at $199 million.

Kentucky, valued at $246.6 million, topped the valuation study and Louisville, valued at $233.6 million, was third.

The values are assigned using factors that determine what a program would be worth on the market if it could be sold like a professional team. Among those factors: expenses, revenue, cash-flow, risk assessments and growth projections.

Brewer is an assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.

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

6. Wisconsin – $160.6 million (down 10.2%)
8. Ohio State – $143.3 million (down 19.4%)
10. Maryland – $131.8 million (down 14.8%)
12. Purdue – $103.2 million (down 26.5%)
13. Illinois – $100.7 million (down 20.6%)
14. Northwestern – $100 million (up 7.3%)
17. Michigan – $95.4 million (down 1.9%)
18. Minnesota – $91.4 million (up 17.4%)
26. Michigan State – $68.2 million (down 25.8%)
29. Iowa – $63.8 million (up 5%)
32. Penn State – $62.4 million (down 2.9%)
48. Nebraska – $45.6 million (down 4.2%)
75. Rutgers – $31 million (up 7.8%)

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  • coachv

    that sounds uh…disturbing. when indiana’s next 5 star recruit visits michigan i hope you will still be rooting for big blue

  • coachv

    then why is he still working in columbus. well, when indiana sells off it’s basketball program, we will see what’s what.

  • coachv

    anyone can earn degrees. a michigan professor wrote a study a few years back that world records in sports like track and field would stop being broken because humans had reached the pinnacle of genetic development. a senior justice department official was just interviewed by the washington post. he claims he has effectively taught immigration law to 3 and 4 year olds so that they can represent themselves in immigration court and argue their case against being deported. he trains immigration judges and of course, has a law degree. our country does not provide counsel in immigration court and children literally do represent themselves in these courts. the point is i’m sure we have all met many “educated” people who seem pretty damn stupid.

  • Calhoosier Deck

    He didn’t stop much this year,but team defense as a whole was much better.It isn’t a secret he didn’t play very good defense.I dont know why that’s so difficult to admit.Again, I hope he makes a team.

  • coachv

    so. true. big part of the reason i stopped watching the nba and pro baseball was roster turnover every year.

  • coachv

    perhaps it is as simple as msu’s value did not go down 26%. this study is flawed in several ways and should not be taken seriously. of course, most people believe anything they are told so there’s that

  • coachv

    another benefit no one mentions. have you ever played in front of thousands of screaming fans when the game is on the line? priceless

  • coachv

    expenses and revenue are real numbers

  • That’s true, absolutely. And that’s why it makes sense for universities to pool all of their athletic money and dole it out as necessary to support all of their sports programs. To me, that just reinforces the position that student-athletes shouldn’t get paid — and I have more that I could talk about, such as the value of the coaching and conditioning that athletes receive (which is world-class at major programs), the value of the stage that college basketball (and football) provides to professionally-minded players, and a wealth of other benefits.

  • That’s built into my “value of the stage that college basketball (and football) provides…” And it’s not just the thrill — the incredibly expensive (to build and maintain) stadiums and television coverage is a real value to an athlete who’s essentially trying out for the NBA or NFL.

  • coachv

    if i were an ASSISTANT professor, i would probably look to work at a more stimulating and challenging institution of higher learning.

  • coachv

    this discussion is getting me really excited about the impending fantasy college basketball leagues

  • coachv

    near sighted, actually. get your damn hands off my indiana players

  • coachv

    my wife’s study says my valuation has dropped between the soapdish and the garden hoe. i asked about my risk assessment and she threw a shoe at me

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Perspective – IU has as many banners in men’s basketball (5) as the rest of the B1G combined (MSU – 2, Michigan – 1, OSU – 1, Wisconsin – 1).

  • inCMitrust

    I understood.

  • Dialogos68

    but…. Will IU ever recruit like the #2 program? Sadly I don’t see one B1G team in this years top 10 recruiting class either.

  • Ole Man

    Archie several times noted that RJ was his best defender game after game.
    Plus, he was always guarding the best wing or guard from the other team.
    You obviously didn’t watch or read anything about IU basketball this past season.
    Thus, I will not engage you any farther.

  • SamWow123

    villanova wasnt even in the top 20 from 2014-2017