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Comparing how much Nevada and UNLV spend on each of their sports

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Nevada and UNLV recently released their 2019 fiscal year numbers. (Jenna Holland/Nevada Sports Net)

The Nevada and UNLV athletic departments recently submitted their 2019 fiscal year review to the Nevada Board of Regents. These reports always provide a treasure trove of interesting information. I've been combing through them for interesting nuggets. Here is a look at how much money the Wolf Pack and Rebels spent on each of their programs in the 2018-19 athletic season. I will note UNLV's expense numbers in their 2018 filing and their 2019 filing are exactly the same, so either the Rebels spent the exact some amount of money on every one of its sports in back-to-back years (unlikely) or it forgot to update its numbers for its Board of Regents presentation. It seems like the latter is far more likely, which means their numbers could be deflated a little since budgets tend to go up every year.

Budgets by sport

1. Football – $10,710,232 (UNLV spent $10,120,375)

2. Men's basketball – $4,706,010 (UNLV spent $6,075,911)

3. Women's basketball – $2,115,279 (UNLV spent $1,624,875)

4. Baseball – $1,669,608 (UNLV spent $1,315,263)

5. Women's track and field/cross country – $1,544,150 (UNLV spent $1,184,408)

6. Women's swimming and diving – $1,107,570 (UNLV spent $1,197,676)

7. Soccer – $1,086,908 (UNLV spent $822,904)

8. Softball – $1,039,747 (UNLV spent $973,959)

9. Volleyball – $941,314 (UNLV spent $1,014,489)

10. Women's tennis – $568,973 (UNLV spent $550,441)

11. Women's golf – $484,740 (UNLV spent $645,052)

12. Men's golf – $443,405 (UNLV spent $1,258,626 - not a typo)

13. Men's tennis – $435,597 (UNLV spent $409,915)

14. Rifle – $259,017 (UNLV does not sponsor)

Total budgets – $27,112,550 (UNLV spent $28,350,563)

In sports that both schools sponsor, Nevada out-spent UNLV in eight of the 13 programs. The exceptions were men's basketball; women's swimming and diving; volleyball; women's golf; and men's golf. Interesting, those are five of Nevada's top sports. Overall, UNLV out-spent Nevada by $1,238,013.

Here is a look at the year-over-year budget changes for Nevada's sports compared to last year's numbers.

Year over year changes

1. Football, +$673,153

2. Women's basketball, +$169,531

3. Soccer, +$145,949

4. Track and field/cross country, $92,036

5. Baseball, +$78,357

6. Women's golf, +$29,463

7. Rifle, +$14,957

8. Men's golf, +11,872

9. Women's tennis, +$11,242

10. Men's tennis, +$1,087

11. Softball, -$22,872

12. Men's basketball, -$40,043

13. Swimming and diving, -$44,951

14. Volleyball, -$89,900

As you can see, 10 of Nevada's 14 programs saw budget increases year over year with men's basketball, softball, women's swimming and diving and volleyball being the exceptions. Football saw the biggest increase. In the last three years, Nevada football's budget has increased by 22.8 percent (a $1.992 million improvement) and the men's basketball budget has increased by 62.3 percent (a $1.807 million improvement). Overall, Nevada's sports-related expenses have increased by $6,096,187 over the last three fiscal years, a jump of 29 percent.

Coaching salaries

One area UNLV spends more than Nevada is coaching salaries. The Wolf Pack spent $5,180,198 on coaching salaries in fiscal year 2019 with $2,490,650 going to head coaches and $2,689,548 to assistant coaches. UNLV spent $5,889,600 on coaching salaries in fiscal year 2019, roughly 12 percent more than Nevada. For the Rebels, $2,709,856 went to head coaches and $3,179,744 to assistant coaches.

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