Letter from A.D. John Currie - June 30

In keeping with our pledge for transparency, we are also pleased to share with you today our projected revenue and expense budget for FY12 which was approved by the Board of Directors of K-State Athletics, Inc. (KSA) earlier this week.  We are excited that we can continue to invest in the student-athlete experience for all 16 of our teams as well as make steps to achieve our goal of having the best fan experience in the Big 12. KSA's operating budget of $51.46 million for the 2011-12 fiscal year will be the largest in school history and represent a 9.4 percent increase from FY11. Among other items, the budgeted operational increase for FY12 (approximately $4.43 million) accounts for expenses such as a 3.96 percent increase in tuition and fees, a $150,000 football game guarantee net differential; compensation increases for coaches; various facility projects; an increase in our debt service facilitating construction of the east stadium upper deck restrooms and Basketball Training Facility, as well as a significant upgrade to our digital video production capacity as we continue to explore ways to promote our teams and student-athletes to our world-wide Wildcat family. ••• Click Here to Download the FY12 Budget Analysis

In addition to our ongoing focus on efficiency, we will continue to target growth in ticket sales, the Ahearn Fund and contracted increases from our K-State Sports Properties media-rights deal as the primary revenue offsets to again achieve a balanced budget in fiscal year 2012. You will also notice that the FY12 budget projects a significant rise in revenue from the Big 12 Conference and NCAA.  Overall we project an increase in excess of $4 million in these areas from a combination of growth in the Big 12's television, bowl and other contracts as well as the simple mathematical benefit of dividing the "pie" among 10 institutions rather than 12.  Obviously, we are very excited about the future we have in the Big 12 Conference! As we announced previously this spring, we are fortunate to be able to work towards our core goal of providing value to the university by reducing the direct support the athletic department receives from University/state funds from $1.526 million in FY11 to $1 million in FY12.  These dollars can then be re-invested by K-State into critical academic needs.  You might find this article earlier this week in USA Today interesting in illustrating national conditions in relation to K-State. We continue to work every day to reach our goal of providing our 465 student-athletes a world-class experience, while also striving for championship-level athletic performances. More than 55 percent of our budget comes from individual private support such as ticket purchases and contributions to the Ahearn Fund - your participation and support continues to be the winning edge for K-State. And remember, our goal of having the best fan experience in the Big 12 also includes a commitment to be economically accessible to ALL our fans.... but the deadline to buy $10 tickets for our opening home football game against Eastern Kentucky is TODAY! Click here to order tickets or for more information. Setting the Standard I am so proud of our staff and how hard they continue to work on behalf of you and our student-athletes. This month, several of our units received even more proof of the national standard we are sustaining here at K-State by bringing home national awards from their respective organizations. Led by Joni Smoller, the Fan Experience and Sales department earned two awards, including a first-place honor and a runner-up effort. The gold medal award was in the season ticket sales campaign category for its men's basketball campaign to increase season ticket holders and revenue from the 2009-10 season to the 2010-11 season, while the silver award came in the new revenue-generating idea category, which was for the "K-State Athletic Business Partners" initiative. At the annual CoSIDA convention, our Athletic Communications staff, led by Kenny Lannou, earned four "Second in Nation" honors for the men's and women's basketball media guides, volleyball media guide and Pinstripe Bowl Postseason media guide. In addition, the bowl media guide cover, created by Graphics Designer Ron Cook, took home "Best in Nation" honors. Congratulations to these loyal K-Staters for their hard work and achievements! Best in the World     Finally, I would like to congratulate several of our track and field athletes who competed in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend. NCAA champions Erik Kynard and Ryann Krais continued their run towards the World Championships as Erik took home third in the high jump to qualify for a spot on Team USA, while Ryann's second-place finish at the event has put her in position to make the national team as an alternate. We are very proud of the success of these student-athletes and are appreciative for their commitment and dedication to Kansas State University. That's it for today - we are working hard to get ready for the 2011-12 athletics season following our tremendous success across the board in 2010-11. Thanks for all you do in support of K-State student-athletes! Go Cats!   John Currie Director of Athletics