College Sports Takes Precedence over Academics

The view of many parents and educators are that college sports takes precedence over academics and that higher education must prioritize. Reports on college sports spending shows a significant gap on money spent on academic and sports. The academic departments of most colleges suffer, while athletics and sports thrive.
At some colleges the gap between the two are seriously noticeable such as $14,000 per year on an academic student, whereas spending on an athlete was $92,000 per year. Some schools and colleges have an even bigger gap, such as schools in South-eastern Conference where median academic spending per year on a student is $13,390 and median sports spending per year on an athlete is $163,931. Percentage wise these schools spend twelve times more on sports than academics. This is data collected from public institutions and parents are worried about the academic students who are left behind.
A further study shows that overall college sports spending increases yearly at a rate of 51%, whereas academic spending only rose with 23%. The schools with college football teams, especially, received athletic subsidies from state appropriation, university resources, student fees and more at a much higher rate than academic departments.
The general feeling is that public schools, colleges and universities should seriously re-examine future plans for these institutions as the academic students should not be deprived of a decent education. Outside revenue should be divided equally is the general feeling, but unfortunately there is an obsession with college sports. Schools often are in full support of majority of money to go into athletics and sports, as an excellent team such as basketball or football, even outstanding athletes, gives the school an immense boost in regards to funding and student applications.
With college sports having their own television channels and millions watching there are definitely money to be made for respective schools. Schools pushing for prize athletes and sportsmen and women, therefor push all extra revenue back into college sports to make sure stadiums fill up for their teams.