You can learn a lot about your community, state and country. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
Each week the Missourian will feature another open record. This week:
The records: This document from the NCAA breaks down the individual sources of athletics departments' revenues for FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly Division 1-A) schools.
Why you’d want them: In this college town and in the country, athletics are a huge part of the culture. Seeing the individual breakdown of where athletics departments' revenues come from will help people to better understand the programs.
Where you get the records: The report, which contains a variety of revenue information about university athletics departments, is available as a PDF online from the research section of the NCAA's website. Select the first document, "2004-09 NCAA Revenues and Expenses of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics Programs Report," and refer to page 29.
How much it will cost: The information is free.