Football’s been berry, berry good to them.

The BCS championship run may have come to an end, but here’s a streak the SEC, or more accurately, the people running the SEC, appreciate at least as much:

SEC Money During BCS Title Streak
Year Total Revenue Avg. Payout to Schools
2012-13 $314.5 million $20.8 million
2011-12 $271.8 million $20.4 million
2010-11 $261.1 million $19.5 million
2009-10 $244.4 million $18.3 million
2008-09 $148.0 million $13.1 million
2007-08 $161.6 million $11.3 million
2006-07 $149.2 million $11.0 million

Source: SEC tax-return filings.

Best of all, that’s a streak that won’t be broken this year.

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15 responses to “Football’s been berry, berry good to them.

  1. gastr1

    McCheapity just had a wet dream over that chart.

  2. Mayor of Dawgtown

    This is why the SEC refs protect certain teams during the regular season. Those teams go to the BCSNCG and bring in the highest $$. The conference has a financial interest in their success.

    • Macallanlover

      True dat, and why officials should not be affiliated with a conference. I don’t trust the NCAA to do anything competently but would prefer them to a conference where payouts. and salary bonuses are impacted by which teams win a game. An independent, national organization of officials would be the preference for me, even if game officials are chosen from closer geographies such as east and west coast breaks, probably along with a mid-continent and north/south break. The need for insuring there are not any school ties should also remain. Don’t know if there is a current “blackball” system in effect for coaches regarding specific officials but there should be a short list of 1-2 refs that a coach can ban from their games (can you say Penn Wagers for example?)

  3. uglydawg

    If that is indeed the truth (SEC fixing games through officiating), somebody could go to jail…somebody SHOULD go to jail.. But I suspect it’s either deep and unprovable suspicion (of which I subscribe) or just pure coincidence that things seem to work out that-a-way in some games.
    I don’t know and I don’t know if I’d want to. I already hate the zebras of the SEC with a passion…But if we look at the Iron Bowl…who would have been “favored” by the conference rulers to win that game and move on to the NCG? Was there a fear that Alabama couldn’t get in, win or lose, but that Auburn certainly could? Would they have put that second back on the clock if AU was “supposed” to win? They had to know the whole world is watching..and the annoncers have gotten to the point that they (GD especially) calls them out on the replay stuff.
    It’s a scary thought, but I don’t believe anyone is actually making the charge that there was blatent cheating. Surely they’re not THAT stupid.
    Would an SEC exec. mentioning to an official..”I’d love to see ______ win that game” .be considered tampering?
    A lot of Georgia fans (me) tend to be paranoid about these things.

    • uglydawg

      as usual..pardon the spelling and grammer in above post..

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Just because you (we) are paranoid doesn’t mean that it isn’t true.

    • Macallanlover

      I do not subscribe to a conspiracy theory as in point fixing, or that all games involve the “benefit of the doubt” close calls, but officials are not oblivious to conference pride, or revenues. Their boss, and his boss gets his raises and bonuses from conference profits. The league office gets a full share of bowl revenues so getting two teams into the BCS was big money for the way of living for many of the folks in Birmingham. It might be better hotels, or larger raises for them personally…plus a happy boss who overlooks their sorry performances.

      That is why I don’t like conference affiliation for officials. Take away the doubt and lets get some training and consistency, then there is no reason for suspicions on close calls that go a certain way. I don’t buy the UGA gets a raw deal from officials, except when Penn Wagers’ crew is involved.

      • uglydawg

        Agree absolutly about the ref/league affiliation. I’d like to see an independent association handling the game officiating…one that could be fired. Given that it will probably never happen, I’d like to see a conference provision that let’s each member school “strike” a certain number of crews from doing their games…Three strikes against a crew in five years and they’re gone. Like fouling out in BB..the # (I mentioned 3) could be debatable.

  4. That’s a lot of IPF’s.

  5. Rex

    Interesting that during the last two years, the revenue increased over $40 million while the payouts only inreased $400,000 per school. I wish I could skim like that.