It's amazing to me how statistics are so frequently presented to attempt to "shock and awe" the viewer.
Today, it's the Chronicle of Higher Ed's turn to mislead using statistics:
If you haven’t seen it, you should check out Libby Sander and Andrea Fuller’s piece this week highlighting the spending patterns in lesser-known Division I programs. The story found that nearly a third of the 125 athletic departments that compete just below the NCAA’s elite level increased their expenditures by more than 40 percent during a recent five-year period. Public universities, many of them grappling with overall financial cuts, had some of the fastest-growing athletic budgets.
It sounds shocking - until you analyze the situation for, say, about five minutes. (more)