For big-time college sports, late December is more than the season of holiday basketball tournaments and myriad football bowl games. It's also the time for making tax-deductible gifts to the booster club of your favorite college team.
Charles Clotfelter: End taxpayer subsidy for major college sports
Tax-deductible gifts to college athletic booster clubs don�t get mentioned much when we hear talk of the excess costs of college sports, but they play a surprisingly large role in the college athletics business, and at considerable cost to the taxpayer.
Charles Clotfelter: How major college sports gain at taxpayers' expense
Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today that the conference has reached a new multi-year agreement for national television rights with Fox sports Media Group, beginning with the 2011 football season through the 2015-16 athletic year.
Conference USA and FOX sports Media Group Announce New Television Rights Agreement