Posted January 17, 2013

Forbes Magazine: Big Ten most valuable conference

NCAAB, NCAAF

Even though the Southeastern Conference has won seven straight college football BCS Championships, they aren’t leading the way when it comes to the most valuable conferences.

The Big Ten Conference leads the way in making money with $310 million annually with the SEC coming in fourth, according to Forbes Magazine.  The Pac-12 is second at $303 million, the ACC comes in at $293 million and the SEC is at $270 million. The list combines generated revenue from television deals, the NCAA Basketball tournament and bowl games.

The five most valuable conferences are set to collect over $1.4 billion this year from bowls, tournaments and television; the bottom five – which includes the Big East – have racked up a measly $175 million from the same sources.

The BCS games continue to be a cash cow with the six automatic-qualifying conferences receiving $23.6 million from the BCS. This season, the SEC and Pac-12 got an additional $6.2 million for at-large BCS bids because Florida and Oregon played in BCS bowl games.


9 comments
John183
John183

Its about time the Big 10 won something.

hunteye
hunteye

Maybe the Big Ten can teach the SEC how to graduate players.  Question;  has Kentucky EVER graduated a basketball player?  Bobby Knight used to say the term student-athlete started with the word student for a reason.  Somebody should explain that to Calipari, he obviously doesn't know .   And on the subject of basketball if you SEC fans wanna watch some really good basketball tune in to the BIG TEN Network. 

BillRauhuff
BillRauhuff

Wait until the SEC Network and the new deals are reworked soon because of expansion then we will see who is the most valuable

JohnMoore
JohnMoore

I believe the next big negotiation will be for the BIG.  The contracts with ABC, ESPN et all expire in 2015.   The SEC just had their deal signed a year or two ago. 

sean.itconsultants
sean.itconsultants

well, it seems that the most important thing for B1G universities is building better universities, to teach more young adults to be more productive and valuable. More money from sports helps build better facilities like hospitals, dorms, hire more teachers/profs. Universities are in the business of preparing people for work and adult life, not just sports stars

jackflash
jackflash

Maybe with all that money, the Big 10 can buy some better football teams.