UNO counters ESPN story
May 9th, 2011
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Omaha is taking issue with an article published by ESPN’s Outside the Lines this weekend. The ESPN story was an investigation into UNO’s recent move to Division I and the controversial cuts of the wrestling and football programs.
For the article, titled Wrestling with the truth in Nebraska, ESPN solicited economist, Andy Schwarz from California firm OSKR, to analyze the numbers, and said “discrepancies” were found in the figures. It reports that financial statements filed with the NCAA show UNO’s football program was short just over $50,500 in its budget and wrestling was ahead by $143,000 for 2009-2010.
Those numbers don’t match up with the millions UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts has said the programs, particularly football, were costing the University. The report indicates the discrepancy may come from UNO not including funds from student fees and university support.
In a statement released late today, UNO’s head of communications, Tim Kaldahl, wrote the “financial information provided to ESPN, the Board of Regents and the community” is “consistent” with the NCAA report. The statement continues that university support and student fees are not included in the numbers because they are not sport-generated revenues. Without those fees, the statement says “UNO football lost over $1 million and wrestling lost over $250,000” for the fiscal year 2009-2010.