San José State Athletics Cited Again For Outstanding Economic Efficiency

The Military Bowl win was the first of four San Jose State championships in 2012-13.

Aug. 8, 2013

College Station, Texas-----For the second year in a row, the San Jose State University athletics program was named one of the top-10 most economically efficient among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in the NCAA by the Texas A&M University’s Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA).

In its 2013 study focusing on economically efficient athletics departments, San Jose State was rated ninth among the 124 FBS members.

LSIA’s study measured the use of fiscal resources leading to championship victories. Schools that expended less money winning either a conference or national championship earned higher scores than institutions that spent more. In 2012-13, San Jose State won the Military Bowl in football and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championships in women’s swimming and diving, softball, and women’s tennis.

San Jose State was the most economically efficient FBS institution in the WAC and the Bay Area. The Spartans and Kent State are the only two schools with top-10 rankings in 2012 and 2013. San Jose State was #5 in 2012.

Colorado was named the #1-economically efficient athletics program for 2013. Oregon, San Diego State, West Virginia and Southern California rounded out the top-five.

Since beginning its research of NCAA Division I athletics in 2003, Texas A&M’s LSIA honored San Jose State in 2007 for employee diversity, one of 12 NCAA Division I programs for overall diversity in 2008 and one of the top-30 most economically efficient FBS programs in 2010.


1. Colorado Pac 12 1.46
2. Oregon Pac 12 1.36
3. San Diego State Mountain West 1.23
4. West Virginia Big 12 1.21
5. Southern California Pac 12 1.14
6.  North Texas Sun Belt 1.11
7. Arkansas State Sun Belt 1.09
8. Kent State Mid-America 1.00
9. San José State WAC 0.9541
10. Oklahoma State Big 12 0.9494
11. Boise State Mountain West 0.9493
12. Western Kentucky Sun Belt 0.9453
13. Idaho WAC 0.8640
14. New Mexico Mountain West 0.8543
15. Florida SEC 0.8431
16. Texas State WAC 0.8375
17. Central Michigan MAC 0.8028
18. New Mexico State WAC 0.7953
19. Tulsa Conference USA 0.7662
20. Utah State WAC 0.7251
21. Alabama SEC 0.7228
22. Kansas Big 12 0.7139
23. Eastern Michigan MAC 0.6954
24. Connecticut Big East 0.6619
25. Arkansas SEC 0.6539