The HBCU Money™ Weekly Market Watch

Our Money Matters /\ October 7, 2016

A weekly snapshot of African American owned public companies and HBCU Money™ tracked African stock exchanges.


African American Publicly Traded Companies

Citizens Bancshares Georgia (CZBS) $7.00 (0.00% UNCH)

M&F Bancorp (MFBP) $4.00 (0.00% UNCH)

Broadway Financial Corporation (BYFC) $1.58 (8.14% DN)

Radio One (ROIA) $2.85 (4.06% DN)

African ETFs

Global X MSCI Nigeria (NGE) $4.64 (0.43% DN)

Market Vectors Africa (AFK) $20.59 (0.49% DN)

African Stock Exchanges

Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres (BRVM)  27.99 (0.20% DN)

Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)  9 790.02 (0.08% UP)

Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE)  1 768.04 (11.37% DN)*

Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE)  138.17 (N/A)

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) 51 662.07 (0.10% UP)

International Stock Exchanges

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) 10 626.92 (0.46% DN)

London Stock Exchange (LSE)  3 824.76 (0.42% UP)

Tokyo Stock Exchange (TOPIX)  1 350.61 (0.25% DN)





The 5 Steps To HBCU Athletic Profitability


“Growth and profit are a product of how people work together.” – Ricardo Semler

HBCU presidents, athletic directors, athletic commissioners, and stakeholders gather around the camp fire. We are going to tell you a story of problem solving using critical thinking. Do not worry, this is not a scary story like the one you are telling your students and alumni currently. Many of you want athletics to be your legacy and are willing to mortgage every current student and burgeoning alumni’s future in order to see it come to fruition. Many of you think so far inside the box that Carter G. Woodson would probably blush at just how far you have taken his quote of controlling a man’s mind and how that control will make a man build a back door if one is not present. We even lie to ourselves that the door we have been relegated too looks like our neighbors front door just to suffice our ego. Refusing to even use the assets at your disposal like HBCU business schools, computer science departments, etc. to solve some of our institutions most basic problems.

You know what is not a basic problem? The $147 million that the SWAC and MEAC conferences are hemorrhaging were it not for the $142.5 million in subsidies that come primarily on the backs of their students. Even with those subsidies, the two conferences still managed a $4.6 million loss in the 2014-15 school year. Yet, the same playbook is rolled out every year to makeup for shortfalls. The infamous money games that alumni argue over every year as good or bad for their programs. Ultimately, athletic departments have made them part of their funding model usually in an exchange for treatment that would make Ike Turner blush. However, there is no plan and has been no plan seemingly offered by these HBCU athletic departments that would strategically some day let the money games be icing on the cake if they chose to play them instead of a vital necessity. There is always this talk of the players on the team wanting to test themselves against the “best’. The reality is they have no choice. Players do not schedule these games nor are they consulted. These games are scheduled by those that know if they do not play them, then there may not be an athletic department next year. There are five steps though that can allow HBCU athletics to actually make every program profitable: 

  1. Form the HBCU Athletic Association. Also known as the HBCU version of the NCAA. This is about ownership and leverage. Advertisers pay for schools or conferences that have large alumni bases, strong geographic footprint, and affluent alumni. Although HBCUs lack the latter, the former two is strong leverage when you approach corporate sponsors who are looking to get their brand in front of as many potential consumers as possible. There are 100 HBCUs that comprise geography in the Midwest, Southeast, and even Northeast if you included schools like Roxbury Community College in Boston and Medgar Evers in New York. The NCAA is able to make over $1 billion per year from the March Madness Tournament because it owns the tournament. Again, ownership matters. Having the HAA gives it a powerful economic scale that could go in and do something like buy the old Morris Brown stadium and convert it to a stadium, arena, hotel, and conference center that could host all of the major HBCU sporting events. Now, instead of getting almost nothing of the pie, HBCUs would have an opportunity to share in the parking, ticket, concession, and entertainment revenue pies that ownership over these facilities brings. Again, ownership matters.
  2. Drones. Okay, not just drones, but drones, cameras affixed to athletic facilities, and a website and app that you can purchase a monthly subscription for $10 per month just like Netflix that gives access to every HBCU sporting event for your alma mater and a special up charge for Classics. All of the computer science and communication majors that HBCUs have this seems almost like spiking a beach ball for a score. Put a camera in every corner of the stadium, arena, and field so that it can be remotely operated during a game to show every team’s games. Use drones, they are $99 or build your own, to highlight special views during the games or matches. Get a website and app built that allows people to view it anywhere at anytime. For sports like football, there is an additional charge for professional scouts, which can be a whole other package – a more expensive package.
  3. Conference Endowments. This could be done tomorrow and the fact that it has not been done is sad, really. HBCUs are stronger together than apart. A lesson that Florida A&M University learned the hard way when they tried to make the jump out of the MEAC to FBS. Wherever we go we must go together. With that said, it would make so much more sense if an athletic endowment was set up for each conference that could be equitably split among all the schools. Instead of each department trying to raise money independently, they share the common expense of doing so in hopes of reaching a larger audience. Conservatively, the MEAC and SWAC need an athletic endowment of $3 billion to produce the amount needed to ween themselves off of subsidies from their student population. All those golf tournaments by HBCU boosters that each school puts on could certainly assist in the greater good more so than the robbing Peter to pay Paul model our athletic departments currently exist on. It also provides a real vision – like the church building fund – that there is a goal and this is the result of that goal.
  4. HBCU football and basketball playoffs. This ties back into number one and ownership. HBCUs are forever trying to be the Cinderella story. Moments like North Carolina A&T beating Kent State, Grambling almost beating Arizona, or Norfolk State’s run in the NCAA tournament in 2012 where they reached the Sweet 16. You know what is better than being Cinderella though, getting paid and being profitable. An HBCU football playoff and basketball tournament is an opportunity to have a postseason, hold recruitment and marketing of high school students in cities, and again, own more if not all of the revenue. An eight team playoff from the four major HBCU conferences (SIAC, CIAA, SWAC, & MEAC) that starts the week after Thanksgiving and conclude on New Year’s Day at the HAA owned Morris Brown Stadium, hotel, and conference center. The playoff games themselves could be held in major cities that are geographically and expense friendly to the conferences, but also allow for exposure and recruitment. This is true for the basketball tournament as well. A 16 team (or 32 if you want to invite HBCUs not in HBCU conferences) basketball tournament held in cities like Chicago, New York, and other major basketball hotbeds that give exposure to our schools for future recruitment and a chance to create events we own around them that generate revenue only helps the bottom line. This is not limited to just football and basketball, but every sport. Events bring us money and using HBCU playoffs extends our seasons and extends the ability for them to generate revenue from the populations the events are held in.
  5. Black Owned Company Sponsors. When one hears how much HBCUs get paid by non-black owned corporate sponsors or in their money games it is utterly insulting. How someone treats you is a clear sign of how they feel about you and it is clear that the companies we receive sponsorship from currently think very little of our alumni as potential customers. Have you ever heard of Aliko Dangonte? He is the wealthiest man in Nigeria and owner of the Dangonte Group, which has interest in cement, sugar, and flour. Ventures Africa reports, “In Zimbabwe, Strive Masiyiwa, the founder of telecommunications giant, Econet Wireless, spent a reported $6.4 million setting up a trust for African students at Morehouse College, a historically black institution in the United States.” A sign that HBCUs are on these African entrepreneurs map. Why not approach them and their companies? The Dangonte Stadium, Arena, or Athletic Complex has a nice ring to it. It gives them an opportunity to expand their brand globally and to expand into the holy grail that is America.

Athletics is certainly an important part of the social experience of college and HBCUs, but it is not worth the burden to a people who are already trying to close a wealth gap that is sixteen times greater than their counterparts and are graduating with higher student debt loads despite HBCUs being cheaper on average. Instead of eliminating sports though or just subsidizing ourselves to death, there has to be the question of how do we make them an asset. Not just socially, but financially. There has been talk that the Power 5 conferences will eventually break away from the NCAA and super conferences come up every year in conversation. HBCUs have the opportunity to be ahead of the change curve, lead the change curve, and shift the paradigm instead of being reactive to it or simply mimicking our counterparts behavior after the fact. If we are going to be in a box, at least let it be a box we own and control.

The HBCU Money™ Weekly Market Watch

Our Money Matters /\ September 23, 2016

A weekly snapshot of African American owned public companies and HBCU Money™ tracked African stock exchanges.


African American Publicly Traded Companies

Citizens Bancshares Georgia (CZBS) $7.16 (0.00% UNCH)

M&F Bancorp (MFBP) $3.90 (0.00% UNCH)

Broadway Financial Corporation (BYFC) $1.71 (0.58% DN)

Radio One (ROIA) $2.96 (4.21% DN)

African ETFs

Global X MSCI Nigeria (NGE) $4.68 (2.09% DN)

Market Vectors Africa (AFK) $20.42 (1.02% DN)

African Stock Exchanges

Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres (BRVM)  285.39 (0.10% DN)

Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)  9 766.95 (0.22% UP)

Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE)  1 773.53 (11.10% DN)*

Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE)  134.12 (N/A)

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) 51 999.45 (0.20% UP)

International Stock Exchanges

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) 10 717.98 (0.70% DN)

London Stock Exchange (LSE)  3 761.85 (0.09% DN)

Tokyo Stock Exchange (TOPIX)  1 349.56 (0.23% DN)





HBCU Money™ Presents: The George W. Carver 2014’s Top 20 HBCU Research Institutions


In an ode to the greatest HBCU scientist, we have now named our top HBCU research institution list for George Washington Carver.

HBCUs appear to have taken another step back in the research field according to the latest National Science Foundation data. In 2013, research expenditures for the top 20 HBCUs combined for $451.4 million, while 2014 combines for $445.4 million. This represents a 1.34 percent drop year over year and 2.13 percent drop from two years ago.

  • The top ranked HBCU is Florida A&M University at 199 and the twentieth ranked Alcorn State University is listed at 314 in America’s college research landscape.
  • MEAC leads the way with eight schools versus the SWAC with four.
  • Division II/III schools also comprise two schools on the list.
  • Overall, the 1890 HBCUs are fifty percent of the list highlighting agriculture’s importance role in HBCU research.
  1. Florida A&M University – $41.37 million
  2. Morehouse School of Medicine – $41.86 million
  3. Howard University – $40.77 million
  4. North Carolina A&T State University – $35.05 million
  5. Alabama A&M University – $32.91 million
  6. Jackson State University – $$26.61 million
  7. Tuskegee University – $24.95 million
  8. Charles Drew University of Medicine – $20.69 million
  9. University of Virgin Islands – $20.37 million
  10. Tennessee State University – $20.07 million
  11. Meharry Medical College – $19.00 million
  12. Delaware State University – $17.68 million
  13. Morgan State University – $15.72 million
  14. Fayetteville State University – $14.73 million
  15. South Carolina State University – $13.15 million
  16. Prairie View A&M University – $12.29 million
  17. North Carolina Central University – $11.54 million
  18. Hampton University – $11.17 million
  19. Southern University and A&M College – $10.42 million
  20. Alcorn State University – $10.06 million

TOP 20 COMBINED TOTAL: $445.4 million ($451.4 million)

Additional Notes

The HWCU-HBCU gap for research among top 20 research institutions is 52:1, an increase from 2013’s 50:1.

Top 20 HWCUs Combined: $23.2 billion ($22.5 billion)

Top 20 Average HWCU – $1.1 billion vs. Top 20 Average HBCU – $22.3 million

Top 20 Median HWCUs – $948 million vs. Top 20 Median HBCU – $19.5 million

Source: National Science Foundation

HBCU Money™ Presents: 2016’s HBCU Alumni NFL Players’ & Salaries


In our 4th annual installment of tracking the highest paid HBCU alumni who are NFL players, Tennessee State University, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie claims the top spot. This is the first year that the Indianapolis Colts have not had the highest paid HBCU player.


  • HBCU NFL players combine for $56.4 million, an almost 10 percent increase from 2015, when HBCU NFL players earned $51.44 million.
  • South Carolina State University leads the way with 5 NFL players.
  • 15 HBCUs are represented in the NFL. Up from 14 in 2015.
  • Average salary for HBCU NFL players is $2.08 million, an increase from $2 million in 2015.
  • Median salary for HBCU NFL players is $965 000, down 15 percent from 2015.

D. Rodgers-Cromartie – Tennessee State University

Cornerback / New York Giants / $8.0 million

William Hayes – Winston-Salem State University

Defensive End / St. Louis Rams / $7.0 million

Antoine Bethea – Howard University

Safety / San Francisco 49ers /$6.02 million

Marquette King – Fort Valley State University

Punter / Oakland Raiders / $5.05 million

Robert Mathis – Alabama A&M University

Outside Linebacker / Indianapolis Colts / $5.0 million

Chris Baker – Hampton University

Defensive End / Washington Redskins / $4.27 million

Kendall Langford – Hampton University

Defensive End / Indianapolis Colts / $4.25 million

Terron Armstead – University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Left Tackle / New Orleans Saints / $3.07 million

Larry Donnell – Grambling State University

Tight End / New York Giants / $1.67 million

Rafael Bush – South Carolina State University

Free Safety / Detroit Lions / $1.26 million

Anthony Levine – Tennessee State University

Free Safety / Baltimore Ravens / $1.2 million

Eric Weems – Bethune-Cookman University

Wide Receiver / Atlanta Falcons/ $1.1 million

Don Carey – Norfolk State University

Strong Safety / Detroit Lions / $1.0 million

Justin Durant – Hampton University

Inside Linebacker / Dallas Cowboys / $965,000

Greg Toler – Saint Paul’s College

Cornerback / Washington Redskins / $840,000

Ryan Davis – Bethune-Cookman University

Defensive End / Dallas Cowboys / $675,000

Rodney Gunter – Delaware State University

Defensive End / Arizona Cardinals / $652,479

Javon Hargrave – South Carolina State University

Defensive Tackle / Pittsburgh Steelers / $623,314

Demetrius Rhaney – Tennessee State University

Center / St. Louis Rams / $611,474

Isaiah Crowell – Alabama State University

Running Back / Cleveland Browns / $603,334

Ryan Smith – North Carolina Central University

Cornerback / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / $598,040

Joe Thomas – South Carolina State University

Outside Linebacker / Green Bay Packers / $525,000

Temarrick Hemingway – South Carolina State University

Tight End / St. Louis Rams / $489,896

Antonio Hamilton – South Carolina State University

Safety / Oakland Raiders / $450,000

Anthony Lanier – Alabama A&M University

Defensive End /Washington Redskins / $450,000

Chester Rogers – Grambling State University

Wide Receiver / Indianapolis Colts / $450,000

Zamir Charles – Stillman College

Defensive Tackle / San Diego Chargers / $333,000