Most college football fans and spectators probably don’t give a whole lot of thought about players’ uniforms and equipment—but they represent a multimillion-dollar business. About $742,000—that’s the median per-school spending on equipment, uniforms and supplies for male athletes at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools in 2012. The estimated value of retail market for college-licensed merchandise, such as football jerseys, is a whopping $4.62 billion. The top-selling schools for college merchandise consist of the University of Texas, the University of Alabama, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan and the University of Kentucky.
The annual cost to outfit Indiana University’s football team exceeded $200,000 in 2010, reported the Indianapolis Star. The total cost per player comes out to $2,371! Helmets, shoulder pads, face masks, jerseys, chin straps, game pants, shoes, knee braces ($600 each) and more can cost a real fortune. Where’s all this expensive stuff stored? The University of Oklahoma has a football equipment room that’s 6,500 sq. ft. in size. This is pretty mind-boggling when you consider that the average square footage of a new house in America is 2,200 sq. ft.
To learn more—including the sweetest and fattest footwear and apparel sponsorship deals in college sports—check out this infographic presented by SpareFoot!