Another year, another record payday for the members of the Southeastern Conference.
… The Southeastern Conference will distribute approximately $132.5 million to the 12 league institutions in the revenue sharing plan for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31, 2009, according to league commissioner Mike Slive.
The $132.5 million is the highest total ever distributed in SEC history and represents a 4.0 percent increase from the $127.6 million distributed to the schools in 2007-2008.
That doesn’t include the $11.6 million that individual schools got to retain from bowl revenue.
It’s the breakdown of that $132.5 million that’s most interesting.
Broken down by categories and rounded off, the $132.5 million was derived from $52 million from football television, $25.4 million from bowls, $14.3 million from the SEC Football Championship, $13.6 million from basketball television, $4.1 million from the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament and $23.1 million from NCAA Championships.
By my math, SEC schools pocketed close to $92 million from football and just about $41 million from basketball. The football TV revenue alone was $10 million more than the total basketball money.
I’ll refrain from the regular season/postseason comments here. But make sure you look at where the money in each sport was derived.