Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
Okay, sorry for misunderstanding.
I'm saying you're 100% wrong that cutting non revenue sports would actually save students money.
Those sports are generally paid out of athletic dept donations. Now I suppose it's possible that if you cut out all the non-revenue sports the athletic dept donations would be just as high and you could transfer the dollars to either a) the general student body or b) the revenue sports athletes, but both scenarios seem unlikely. College sports is a charade, but a lot of it's interest depends on that charade. However fair or unfair that may be.
I will say I tend to think an "Olympic model" where individual athletes are able to receive money from sources outside the university but were not paid directly by the university could be feasible.
According to this data, only the massive football schools have financially autonomous athletic departments. In 2011, my beloved Ohio University used $17 million from student fees to pay for athletics. That is a pretty hefty amount of money.