Le Moyne Spends More on Women’s Sports Despite Men’s Profiting More

Le Moyne spent more on women’s sports than men’s in the 2014-2015 school year, according to the college’s most recent spending report filed with the federal government.  

The college got a bigger profit from men’s sports, however. Net profits for men’s sports were $115,570, compared to women’s at $25,300.

Overall, the college spent $1,844,022 on women’s sports and $1,762,236 on men’s. The largest gap was in athletically related student aid [scholarships], where the spending was $946,952 for women and $862,708 for men.

There were 181 female athletes and 180 male athletes.

Data is obtained from Equity In Athletics, a U.S. Department of Education website used for public data analysis of any co-educational, post secondary institution that receives Title IV funding and has intercollegiate athletics programs. The most recent year of data is from June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015. It was collected by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education, which receives data annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act [EADA]. Schools are required to send updates to ensure they are abiding by TItle IV rules and regulations.   

Matt Bassett, the assistant vice president and director of athletics at Le Moyne, says athletic scholarships are based on the culture and marketplace of the sport.

“Athletic aid is based off of to two criteria, the global spending [throughout Division II] and the philosophies of Le Moyne. Scholarships are first matched with other competitive programs in the NE-10,” Bassett said. “For example, men’s soccer budget compared to Adelphi University’s, or women’s lacrosse aid compared to Franklin Pierce’s.”

The second factor, he said, is Le Moyne’s philosophy of the “whole-being” stressing the importance of “student-athletes” and not “buying championships.” He said it’s important to focus on the individual as a whole.

“While athletes are here at Le Moyne, they will be focused on both academics and athletics, and not recruited with the sole purpose of winning a championship,” Bassett said. “There are also need-based partial scholarships available as well, which student-athletes are granted if they qualify.”

The head women’s basketball coach, Gina Castelli, mirrors Matt Bassett’s message.

“According to Le Moyne athletics and the Division II model, it would make sense that we spend more on women sports here at Le Moyne than men’s sport because there are more female participants than male,” she said. “In regards to women’s basketball, the way I understand this, is that our budget is not compared to men’s basketball but to the other women’s basketball programs in the NE-10, as is the same for our men’s basketball program.”  

The college spent $578,687 on the women’s basketball team and $546,912 on men’s basketball in 2014-2015.

Other significant findings of the athletics spending report include:

  • The head women’s coaches salaries total $309,528, while men’s head coaches salaries total $289,104.
  • Women’s programs have $29,622 in recruiting expenses, while men’s programs have $26,435.
  • Total women’s revenues are $1,869,322, and men’s are $1,877,806.