WEST LAFAYETTE – For the first time, Purdue’s athletic department surpassed the $100 million mark in revenue.

That figure comes from the 2017-18 school year, the latest financial data available. The information was provided to the Journal & Courier through an open records request. 

During the 2016-17 school year, 31 schools generated more than $100 million in revenue, according to the database created and maintained by USA Today. Once all the information is gathered for 2017-18, that number will grow.

Here are 10 items of interest from the athletic department’s latest financial report:

• The school reported an excess of $7.9 million as opposed to a loss of $868,000 in 2016-17.

• More than 53 percent of the athletic department’s revenue came from the Big Ten Conference, including television rights, NCAA distributions and radio rights. Contributions of $19.3 million produced the second-most revenue.

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