NMSU budgeted for $1,207,165 in ticket revenue for 2017, which included season tickets, single-game tickets and faculty and staff tickets. There was actual revenue of $1,183,280, leaving a $23,885 deficit.
Aggies men's basketball posted a ticket revenue surplus of $135,753 in fiscal year 2017 while football missed its ticket revenue projection by $155,493.
NMSU athletics budgeted aggressively for football ($535,000) in 2017 despite 2016 revenues of $499,161. Men's basketball, on the other hand, surpassed a modest projection of $580,000 in Paul Weir's first and only season as the Aggies head coach.
"We didn't do the (football) sellout game like we did (in 2015)," Moccia said. "Basketball's hot start and (Weir's) extra involvement in the community helped us. I would argue, we did as good as this place has ever done, being realistic, and we hit it even though there were some wild fluctuations inside the numbers."
Men's basketball and baseball were the only sports to post a ticket revenue surplus in fiscal year 2017, leading Moccia to continue to budget responsibly in 2018. Both sports enjoyed a modest uptick in attendance with men's basketball increasing it's average attendance to 4,851 fans per game after 4,688 in 2015-16.