From Tony Barnhart in today’s AJ-C:
More proof why the six BCS conferences want to maintain the current bowl system: The NCAA announced this past week that the 32 bowls had distributed a record $217.6 million in revenue to the 119 Division I-A schools.
Some quick math reveals that of that total, the 65 teams in the six BCS conferences (ACC, SEC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10) received $181.6 million. [Emphasis added.] The 50 teams in the non-BCS conferences (Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC) received about $31.5 million. Notre Dame, one of four independents, received $4.5 million for appearing in the Sugar Bowl.
If Boise State of the WAC had not qualified for a BCS game (Fiesta), the take of the non-BCS, or Coalition, conferences would have been $9 million less.
Don’t forget what Miles Brand told Congress:
According to a letter to Congress from NCAA President Myles Brand, 326 Division I men’s basketball programs brought in revenues of $789 million for 2005-06, while 117 Division I-A football teams brought in $1.6 billion.
Half the teams. Twice the money.
Dr. Machen has his work cut out for him.