May 6th, 2013 01:19 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
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Tags: Big Ten, Big Ten Network, Louis Post Dispatch, SEC
According to figures obtained from the University of Illinois by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Big Ten teams will see their annual revenue checks from the conference office cross the $25 million barrier this year. That makes the Big Ten, once again, the biggest of the big money leagues in college athletics.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Illinois will make $25.7 million this year with $7.6 million of that coming from the league’s Big Ten Network (which is co-owned by FOX). Last year, Illinois received $24.6 million with $8.1 million coming from the channel.
According to the math done by The Post-Dispatch, if the $7.6 million projection is correct, schools in the league “will have collected $42.5 million from the venture” over its six-year lifespan.
As we first wrote last fall — and as USA Today then followed up with January — SEC schools are expected to make between $30-35 million once its new network, the new playoff system, and the league’s new bowl lineup kick off over the next couple of years. Currently, SEC schools make in the $20-21 million range.
Like the SEC, Big Ten schools will also see a boost from the new playoff and from their own league’s new bowl deals. The Big Ten Network will also benefit from recent expansion moves stretching the league into Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York and New Jersey.
The bottom line on bottom lines is this — In 10 years, the SEC and Big Ten will still be neck-and-neck with each other and leading the way in revenue… well ahead of any other conferences.
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