Why would Whitewater cut the women's teams if they don't cost more than they do currently and you'd have additional football generated money to spend on better facilities?...Here in Minnesota, St. Cloud State's D1 hockey team generates a million a year in profit that the rest of the department can spend on their d2 athletics...
Ahhhh. What we have here is a basic misunderstanding of the difference between "profit" and "revenue." I've figured this out because you reference that St. Cloud State's D1 hockey team brings in a million dollars a year in profit
According to this document, which contains the St. Cloud State athletic budget for 2008-09, the St. Cloud State men's hockey team generated about $1.3 million dollars in revenue
. However, they required an operating budget of just over $1.2 million dollars to do so, for a net profit
of $103,000. That is very, very different from generating "a million dollars in profit" on the hockey program.
You're making a rather faulty assumption that UWW moving to a higher classification in football would start generating scads of profit. This is not true at all. It would start generating more REVENUE but would require a significantly higher operating budget to do so; most likely, they would be lucky to break even on an FCS or FBS football program.
Since you mention that you're from Minnesota, let's take a look at the University of Minnesota itself. According to this article from January 2010 (http://www.mndaily.com/2010/01/24/athletics-finances-balancing-act
), the Gophers' athletic department has run at a loss for the last several years. That same article references an NCAA-commissioned study that showed an average LOSS of $9.9 million per year for FBS football programs. Let me repeat that: the average athletic department with an FBS football program LOST nearly $10 million per year. That number is actually BOOSTED by schools like the University of Minnesota, who run their football program at a profit despite generating little revenue themselves (almost solely owing to the Big Ten's massive TV contract - if you remove the windfall from the TV contract, UM football lost a few million in the year that article was written). If you're not in the Big Ten or the SEC, you don't get that life preserver of a huge TV contract, and there is almost no way possible to run your program at a profit. Basically, unless Whitewater were able to finagle an invitation to the Big Ten, they would be almost guaranteed to lose money on a Division I football program.
You still think that there's a magical windfall of football money that's going to generate scads of profit?