The SEC earned more than $27 million this year thanks to strong performances from its teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
SEC teams played in 16 games during this year’s tournament, and each one of those resulted in a $1.7 million payout from the NCAA, according to AL.com’s John Talty. Led by South Carolina’s run to the Final Four, that means the conference earned around $27.2 million between its five representatives during March Madness.
The league will divide that sum between itself and its 14 members over the next six years. That means each school will receive more than $1.8 million over that time frame.
This was the SEC’s most games in the tournament since Florida went to the national championship in 2006. The league had just six last year and averaged 10.4 for the past five seasons.
The Gamecocks went five games deep into the tournament before falling to Gonzaga in the Final Four. Kentucky and Florida each played in four games, making it to the Elite Eight. Arkansas played two, and Vanderbilt played one.
The NCAA raised the payout figure slightly compared to last year. In 2016, each game was worth approximately $1.67 million for each conference represented.