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FAU Spending Too Much on Sports?

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FAU Spending Too Much on Sports?

Big spending on sports programs is not just an issue concerning students at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University it's a nationwide phenomenon, according to a new report.

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a group that advocates for financial responsibility for college sports programs, is calling for major reforms.

In the just-released report, the group found that median athletic spending among the schools eligible to compete in football bowl games grew nearly 38 percent from 2005 to 2008. Meanwhile, academic spending increased only 20 percent.

Athletic fees at FIU have climbed from about $200 in 2000 to $368 this year for a student taking 12 hours a semester. FAU's athletic fees have increased from $210 to $343 during that same period, with a proposed increase this fall that would raise them to $393.

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