The SEC has been dominant on the football field and created a true national brand that extends beyond its geographic borders. Now, it has the money in hand to prove it.
The SEC, buoyed by the SEC Network, outpaces the other major conferences in revenue distribution, distributing an average of $32.6 million to its member schools, according to a report from USA TODAY. The conference distributes between $31.2 million and $33.9 million. That alone is more than most of the other major conferences.
Here is the list of revenue distributions for the power five conferences, courtesy of Football Scoop:
- SEC: $32.6 million*
- Big Ten: $32.4 million
- ACC: $25.8 million*
- Pac-12: $25.1 million
- Big 12: $23.4 million^
* – Splitting difference between highest and lowest distributions, as listed by USA TODAY
^ – Does not include third-tier payments such as Longhorn Network
In fact, the SEC and Big Ten, with their successful stand-alone television networks, are heads and tails more successful in generating revenue for their member schools than any of the other conferences by about $7 million.
The SEC and Big Ten are neck and neck it would seem as the Big Ten generates $32.4 million to distribute to its 11 long-standing members.
It would seem from this snapshot the power of a television network truly is an advantage for member schools as they reap the rewards of conference revenue distribution.