using an Excel-based budget to balance the budget of an athletic department while also considering factors such as gender equity, philosophies, and revenue generation, and discussing the economic rationale behind paying student athletes.

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using an Excel-based budget to balance the budget of an athletic department while also considering factors such as gender equity, philosophies, and revenue generation, and discussing the economic rationale behind paying student athletes.

1. Use the accompanying Excel-based budget (see Canvas) to balance the budget minus the loss of income from the state legislature. Be sure to budget for a moderate surplus in case next year’s revenues fall short of expectations or costs exceed projections. Also, make sure the gender
disparity of males’ and females’ participation opportunities is within five percentage points of each other.
2. What overall philosophies guided your decision making in balancing the budget in Question #1 above? In this regard, what priorities did you establish in advance dealing with issues such as the following:
a. Making cuts equally across all sports versus cutting more funding from some sports than others?
b. Eliminating one or more sports programs altogether to preserve the budgets of the remaining sports versus cutting expenses from many programs in order to avoid eliminating programs?
c. Making cuts in sports programs versus in administrative areas?
d. Weighing short-term versus long-term implications of cuts being made?
e. The degree to which Title IX and gender equity played a role in deciding which cuts to make?
f. Accepting the offer of a guarantee to play a football game at Mid-Sized State University versus the impact of likely adding a loss to the LSU football team’s record as a result?
3. What type of budget are you dealing with here? What are advantages and disadvantages? Use examples from the budget to illustrate your points.
4. The parameters of this case study do not allow for the alteration of the revenue figures in the Excel-based budget, but…
a. What recommendations would you suggest to Duncan (if you could) for how the athletic department could increase its revenue and maintain its fiscal health in an environment of reduced institutional funding? Make sure these are reasonable suggestions given the
circumstances and size of the institution in question.
b. Develop a Campaign Case Statement to raise money for all the capital projects plus 10 scholarships.
5. Among the many financial woes plaguing Duncan is the lingering concern about athlete compensation. Discuss the economic rationale behind paying students athletes. Would this make sense for Duncan? Why or why not?

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