With the Big 12’s release of its tax return, here’s a summary of where the P5 conferences stand in terms of financial distributions to their members:
- Big 12: “The conference reported nearly $371 million in revenue for a fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017… the per-school payouts to roughly $34.3 million…”
- SEC: “… the 14-team Southeastern Conference’s returns showed $650 million in revenue, or an average of about $41 million per school.”
- ACC: “… $373 million for fiscal 2016, distributing that money among 14 full members and Notre Dame…”
- Pac-12: “The Pac-12 reported that it distributed an average of $28.7 million per school in fiscal 2016.”
- Big Ten: “Citing a document from the University of Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported in June that it was projecting revenue from the Big Ten of $51.1 million for the 2018 fiscal year (the one that’s ongoing), up from $36.3 million for 2017.”
As the cliché goes, one of those numbers is not like the others.
A $10 million a year revenue gap between the SEC and Big Ten? I’m sure Greg Sankey’s bosses will shrug that off, just like they did before… oh, wait.