The University of Hawaii at Manoa Athletics Department is “a significant part” of Hawaii’s economy.

That’s according to a report produced by the Shidler College of Business, which says that in fiscal year 2013-14, the department generated $66 million in local spending on labor, goods and services.

The report was commissioned by the athletics department and prepared by graduate students under the direct supervision of Professor of Business Economics Jack Suyderhoud.

UH Rainbow Warrior, Offensive Lineman #69 Brendan Urban looks at scoreboard after UNLV scores in 2nd half action.  ALOHA STADIUM, HONOLULU, HAWAII. photo CORY LUM/ CIVIL BEAT

Brendan Urban, an offensive lineman for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, during last season’s football game with UNLV.

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“The $66 million in spending in turn generated $128 million in Hawaii business sales and $36.9 million in income for Hawaii workers,” says a press release from University of Hawaii News. “In addition, the $66 million of spending added $7 million to the state’s tax collections and created more than 860 jobs in Hawaii.”

In the most recent fiscal year, the athletics department’s revenues from tickets and merchandise sales “were more than $16 million, which makes the department among the top 215 largest companies in the state of Hawaii by sales revenues,” says UH News. “If the UH Manoa Athletics Department was measured by its total budget, it would be the 155th largest enterprise in the state.”

The athletics program is the home of 20 sports programs: seven for men, 12 for women and one co-ed. Approximately 460 student-athletes participated in the programs during FY 2013-’14.

The new report comes as UH Manoa Athletics Department has once again rung up large deficits and is searching for its third athletic director in as many years. 

For more, read the full report.

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