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Big Boshamer crowds won't mean Carolina makes a profit in baseball

Posted June 4, 2009

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— Baseball fans will pack Boshamer Stadium this weekend for the Super Regional between North Carolina and East Carolina, but the Tar Heels’ recent run in the sport won’t mean the sport is profitable.

The only sports at UNC that make a net profit, according to Martina Ballen, senior associate athletics director, are football and men’s basketball.

Baseball is drawing more fans and more interest, but still lost $675,416 in the fiscal year 2008. That year began July 1, 2007 and ran through the 2007-08 academic year.

That season is unique because Carolina played home games in Cary while Boshamer was being renovated. The Tar Heels brought in $608,241 but spent $1,283,657, Ballen said.

Carolina will pack 4,100-seat Boshamer this weekend, but even then, don’t look for the program to make a net profit despite being in a renovated home.

“It’s not going to close that gap of $600,000,” Ballen said. “It’s not going to make it a net profitable sport.”

By the way, the sport that ran the biggest deficit in 2007-08 academic year was women’s basketball.

The Tar Heels spent $2,412,052 on women’s basketball that season and had revenues of $575,423, Ballen said, for a total deficit of $1,836,629 million.

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  • Riddickfield Jun 4, 4:24 p.m.

    If UNC was interested in running in the black, they could. Sell naming rights to the Smith center and that would be that. Instead they take a million dollars per year of taxpayer money to keep the place open. That is the real crime here. Some large corporation would gladly pay well over a million dollars a year to have their name hung on the side of that building, but no one will let them do it and we the tax payers get to cover the costs instead.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 4, 3:49 p.m.

    I can't speak for UConn, but I'm not even sure if the Tennessee Lady Vols break even. They do have large crowds for a number of their games. Maybe someone can correct me here.... But I believe a LOT of tickets are Comp Tickets just to get the attendance up. Yes, they sell a lot. But a percentage of their attendance is either Comp'ed or is at a great discount.

  • WufSkins Jun 4, 3:02 p.m.

    while playing in the smith center may have something to do with being so far in the red, its the recruiting budget and the total # of schollys given that make the sport be in the red all the time. outside of uconn and ut, i doubt any other program comes close to breaking even. not saying i'm against title ix, but all it did was create opportunities for women at the expense of men! i can't imagine back in 72 that their intention was to create opportunities for women, while eliminating popular mens sports like baseball, soccer, and tennis. maybe football doesn't need 85 schollys. no way women's basketball and men's baseball should receive roughly the same # of schollys, which they pretty much do now.

  • badgerheelpool Jun 4, 2:56 p.m.

    By the way, the sport that ran the biggest deficit in 2007-08 academic year was womens basketball

    Not exactly. The numbers are for the 2007-2008 year not the 2008-2009 year. In 2007-2008 the Lady Tar Heels played in Carmichael. So it's likely the losses will be even more his year since they played a season in the Dome.

  • whitneysemail Jun 4, 2:37 p.m.

    The women's bball team lost that much because all the games were played at the Smith Center because Carmichael was being renovated. We are season ticket holders and loved going to the Smith Center for every game but I couldn't help but think how much money the school was wasting opening that place up 2-3 times a week for a crowd of 5-7 thousand fans.

    Of course, WRAL didn't see the point to adding that to the story.

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