College football is big in Hawaii. It is also big business.
Following the University of Hawaii Athletic Director's comments about the football program possibly disappearing because of a lack of funds, some wonder if Warrior football makes enough money to support the athletics department.
If you look only at direct revenue, like ticket sales, which add up to $6.1 million -- the team falls woefully short of its expenses. Expenses add up to $9 million.
When you add in indirect revenue though, corporate sponsors, TV revenue, etc., the green and black are not only in the black they are making a lot of green.
Though the Warriors haven't had a winning season in four years, some groups are still scoring from the game.
The state gets all the revenue from parking, sponsorship, and concessions at Aloha Stadium during home games, the UH athletic department gets none of it.
The Warriors are even hit with extra fees just to play the game.
"UH is the only school in the nation that has to pay travel subsidies to teams that come to play us. That costs $1.5 million. We tried to level the playing field, provide some support," said Rep. Mark Takai.
Takai introduced a bill to give the athletic department $1 million for those travel expenses, but that measure did not pass this legislative session. Neither did a bill that could have boosted the athletic department budget by millions. If passed, the state would have matched new donor funds 2-to-1.
Local lawmakers say athletics are an important part of college.
"The university experience is not just academics. Athletics are part of that whole university experience, but we leave it up to the University of Hawaii to dictate where the money should go," said Rep. Sylvia Luke, the chair of the House Finance Committee.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa gets about $500 million each year from the state. It could dedicate more of that money to athletics.
It could also allow the program to get millions in revenue from sports logo wear that is sold outside of the campus H Zone.
Even allowing athletics to collect some or all of the parking fees for those attending games would go a long way to helping the department.
There's a lot riding on the game, and not just on the gridiron.
The football team has a lot of male athletes, so UH is required by gender equity laws to provide many of the women's programs.
Those sports are also funded in part by football revenue.
"If you remove football from the equation, then the school is going to remove something else, and something else, and something else. You could lose everything, and that's not equality," said U.H. Sports fan Paul Sheriff.
A winning football season will help boost revenue, but even that won't be enough. In 2011, an independent assessment of the athletic department found it needed to change some of its current contracts, and find other ways to generate revenue or it would likely end up in the red each year.