The SEC makes a lot of money. The SEC’s football programs make a lot of money.
But recent revenue numbers indicate that there is a distinct line that divides the conference in half, with the top seven football teams earning almost double than the bottom seven teams.
According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, open records documents from member schools illustrate quite the disparity in revenue, expenses, and profits, among all of the football programs in the conference.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 15, 2017
Lots of takeaways here.
There’s the clear line where the money drops off. Alabama, Auburn, and LSU have represented the SEC West in the last few SEC Championship games. Florida and Georgia have done the same in the SEC East. They’re all in the top seven. Missouri, with two SEC East titles since joining the conference, is last among team that disclosed their figures.
Tennessee flexes its economic muscles, leading the conference in both revenue and profit, with the Volunteers lead in profit being pretty considerable — more than $10 million more than Alabama. Call them the Champions of Life off the field, the Champions of the Balance Sheet, Champions of the Bank Account, etc.
Alabama easily spends the most in the conference — about $15 million more than next-closest Auburn — and more than the bottom four schools brought in in total revenue. And with the Crimson Tide’s run of success under Nick Saban, the spending is paying off.
Buoyed by an enormous stadium and SEC member money that comes from the SEC Network, recent newcomer Texas A&M finds itself in third place in revenue and second in profits.
A final note according to Dellenger, the SEC made $334 million in ticket sales last year. SEC coaches and staff members received payment totaling $160 million.
The players, well, you know.