Colorado Buffaloes Win Award for Most Economically Efficient Athletic Department

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: July 30, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, July 29, 2013 – The University of Colorado has been crowned the 2013 national champion of the Excellence in Management Cup, presented by Texas A&M University’s Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA).

The purpose of the EM Cup is to determine which university athletic departments are maximizing fiscal resources leading to championship victories. In essence, the cup awards departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time have the lowest expenses.

In recent years, the EM Cup has shown that small to mid-size universities that spend money wisely are just as effective in winning titles compared to their larger counterparts.

The University of Oregon placed second in the rankings. San Diego State University, West Virginia University and the University of Southern California round out the top five.

The EM Cup also recognized winners from conferences participating in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports. The University of Connecticut was named winner for the Big East, University of Tulsa from Conference USA, and the University of North Texas of the Sun Belt Conference.

Other conference winners include the University of Virginia (ACC), University of Michigan (Big Ten), University of Florida (SEC), and 2010 EM Cup winner Kent State University (MAC).

The scores are calculated in a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of conference and national championships won by each FBS university. For the complete list of rankings for the EM Cup, visit the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics' website

Established in 2003, The Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics is an interdisciplinary research and training laboratory supported by the Division of Sport Management program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. The Laboratory examines major concepts and issues related to the management and conduct of all levels of intercollegiate athletics.