Commentary

Football revenue

Updated: December 17, 2009, 9:31 PM ET
By Mike Fish | ESPN.com

Football revenues

(Source: Revenues for college football programs reported by institutions to the U.S. Department of Education as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act/2008 data)

Top 25

1. Texas 87.6 million

2. Ohio State 68.2

3. Florida 66.2

4. Georgia 65.2

5. Alabama 64.6

6. LSU 61.9

7. Penn State 61.8

8. Auburn 58.6

9. South Carolina 57.1

10. Notre Dame 56.9

11. Nebraska 55.2

12. Michigan 52.2

13. Michigan State 43.5

14. Tennessee 42.8

15. Oklahoma 42.6

16. Wisconsin 40.0

17. Iowa 38.9

18. Arkansas 38.6

19. Texas A&M 38.4

20. Clemson 35.2

21. Southern Cal 35.2

22. Washington 34.2

23. Oregon State 30.9

24. Arizona State 29.9

25. Virginia Tech 27.7

Attendance

Conferences: ranked by average football attendance in 2008 (per game)

1. SEC: 76,844 (6,378,085 fans)

2. Big Ten: 70,125

3. Big 12: 62,956

4. Pac-10: 57,350

5. ACC: 52,737

Source: NCAA

Top 25: average attendance in 2008 (per game)

1. Michigan 108,571

2. Penn State 108,254

3. Ohio State 104,976

4. Tennessee 101,448

5. Texas 98,046

6. Georgia 92,746

7. LSU 92,383

8. Alabama 92,138

9. Florida 90,544

10. Auburn 86,915

11. Southern California 86,793

12. Oklahoma 85,075

13. Nebraska 85,071

14. Texas A&M 82,193

15. Wisconsin 81,088

16. Notre Dame 80,795

17. South Carolina 80,529

18. Clemson 78,001

19. Florida State 77,968

20. Michigan State 74,858

21. UCLA 72,795

22. Iowa 70,169

23. Kentucky 69,434

24. Arkansas 68,740

25. Virginia Tech 66,233

(Source: NCAA)

SEC financial ledger

Total revenue: $161.56 million

Total expenses: $153.97 million

Net assets: $65.2 million

Distribution to member schools: $135.01 million (12 schools)

Commissioner compensation: Mike Slive -- $720,561

Other: Florida's share was $11,199,254; distribution is for TV revenues, fee and ticket sales for regular and postseason football, basketball and baseball games

(Source: IRS 990 filings for 2007 -- through June 30, 2008)

Conference financial comparisons

Total revenue

Big Ten: $217.72 million

ACC: $162.76 million

SEC: $161.56 million

Big 12: $129.87 million

Pac-10: $96.083 million

Big East: $93.35 million

Conference USA: $45.12 million

WAC: $19.24 million

MAC: $10.1 million

Mountain West: $9.8 million

Net assets

SEC: $65.2 million

ACC: $34.08 million

Big Ten: $11.42 million

Big 12: $10.94 million

Conference USA: $8.73 million

Big East: $8.18 million

Mountain West: $4.3 million

Pac-10: $1.251 million

WAC: $936,954

MAC: ($553,198)

COMMISSIONER'S COMPENSATION

Big Ten: $1,232,835 (Jim Delaney)

ACC: $888,116 (John Swofford)

SEC: $720,561 (Mike Slive)

Big 12: $712,990 (Dan Beebe)

Conference USA: $571,557 (Britton Banowsky)

Pac-10 Conference: $550,000 (Tom Hansen)

Mountain West: $548,245 (Craig Thompson)

Big East: $526,739 (Michael Tranghese)

WAC: $427,924 (Karl Benson)

MAC: $253,000 (Rick Chryst)

(Source: IRS 990 filings for 2007 … through June 30, 2008)

SEC REVENUE DISTRIBUTION (MONEY DISTRIBUTED TO ITS 12 MEMBER SCHOOLS)

2010: TBA (speculation it could approach $200 million, fueled by new TV deals)

2009: $132.5 million

2008: $127.6 million

2007: $122 million

2006: $116.1 million

2005: $110.7 million

2004: $108.8 million

2003: $101.9 million

2002: $95.7 million

2001: $78.1 million

2000: $73.2 million

1999: $68.5 million

1998: $61.2 million

1997: $58.9 million

1996: $45.5 million

1995: $40.3 million

1994: $34.36 million

1993: $34.34 million

1992: $27.7 million

1991: $20.6 million

1990: $16.3 million

1989: $13.85 million

1988: $14.34 million

1987: $13.56 million

1986: $13.1 million

1985: $9.34 million

1984: $18.4 million

1983: $9.53 million

1982: $7.24 million

1981: $5.57 million

1980: $4.1 million

(Source: Southeastern Conference)

SEC REVENUE SOURCES (2008-09)

$52 million: football television

$25.4 million: bowls

$14.3 million: SEC football championship

$13.6 million: basketball television

$4.1 million: SEC men's basketball tournament

$23.1 million: NCAA championships

(Source: Southeastern Conference)

NCAA major violations (SEC profile)

• 49 major violations

• 22 major violations cited since 1990 (All are football or men's basketball except two: Arkansas track and Vanderbilt women's basketball. At least one SEC school has been on probation every year since 1990.)

• 53 years in total probation handed out since 1990

• Nine major violations since 2000 -- totaling 30 years of probation

• Six different schools -- half the conference -- cited for major violations during a hot stretch of 2002 to '04

• Longest-ever conference streak of at least one member on probation since the University of Georgia football program was placed on a one-year probation Jan. 4, 1985 (because of improper financial aid and transportation, extra benefits and improper recruiting contact). The streak is 24 years and is guaranteed to extend another three years. The Big 12 went 17 years (from Jan. 21, 1986, to Dec. 21, 2002, dating back to former Big Eight/Southwest Conference); Big Ten has current streak of 13 years dating back to Sept. 16, 1996 (Indiana remains on probation).

• Two SEC schools are currently serving probation  Arkansas (three years beginning Oct. 25, 2007) and Alabama (three years commencing June 11, 2009)

• Every conference member has committed major violations, but Vanderbilt is the lone school not to have served probation (women's hoops was charged but not placed on probation).

(Source: NCAA, dating to 1953)

Leading conference offenders (major violations since 1990)

SEC: 22

Big 12: 19

ACC: 12

Big Ten: 10

Big East: 8

Pac-10: 7

Conference USA: 5

MAC: 3

Mountain West: 3

WAC: 2

(Source: NCAA)