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Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 : 11:06 a.m.

Michigan's NCAA tournament run generates up to $55M in free media exposure

By Kellie Woodhouse


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The Wolverine basketball team may not have come home to Ann Arbor as national champions, but its successful run in the NCAA tournament was worth millions to the University of Michigan.

Crain's Detroit Business reports that the university received up to $55 million in free media exposure over the course of six tournament games.

The figure is an approximation from the Ann Arbor-based Joyce Julius & Associates Inc., which measures the impact of sponsorships across all forms of media. The firm calculated the worth of the vast, national publicity Michigan received by comparing the free exposure to the going rate for paid, national ads.

The firm told Crain's that U-M likely received between $10 million to $15 million in exposure during tournament events, through uniforms, announcer mentions and television graphics, as well as $40 million worth of exposure in print articles, television programs and ads.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Kai Petainen

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 4:11 a.m.

wow... that's seriously awesome stuff.

Dog Guy

Thu, Apr 11, 2013 : 11:22 p.m.

This $55,000,000.00 in free media exposure could increase applications to The University of Michigan and maybe even get it on some "top ten" list. It could become famous.


Thu, Apr 11, 2013 : 5:40 p.m.

Contrast that to what the athletes earned: $0.00. Hmmm, wonder why they leave early for the NBA...