Then read today's Register Guard story on the crunch in classroom space for regular UO students. I'm no economist, but the $1.83 million per year the students are paying the athletic department would have financed a $35,599,612.29 classroom building, with 30 year tax exempt bonds at 3.125%.
UO needs a new provost. 8/12/2012.
Update: In the comments, The Dog analyzes Chris Ramey's statement in the article:
However, over the past two decades, spending on academic buildings and sports facilities — not counting housing and other student-focused buildings — has been roughly equal, according to Ramey’s analysis, although it doesn’t include the football operations center that’s under construction.I don't see how Ramey's math works here either - and even if it does, is it really OK that 50% of all new construction over the past 20 years has been for the jocks? Amazing. UO needs to tax contributions to the Ducks.