The revenue numbers for the power conferences during the 2017 fiscal year have been published today, and as you might have guessed, everyone is making a lot of money off of college sports.
Power 5 conference per-school distributions for FY17:— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) May 25, 2018
--SEC: $42.M to $39.9M
--Big Ten: $37.2M to $37M
--Big 12: Roughly $34.3M per school except Baylor
--Pac-12: $30.9M per school
--ACC: $30.7M to $25.3M except Notre Dame
(Notre Dame does not receive a full allotment because it is not a full member of the ACC.)
NC State received over $26 million in this distribution round, per Mark Armstrong.
ACC's per-school distributions to its 14 football members averaged $26.6 million in FY17, new tax return shows. Notre Dame got $5.8 million. Amounts do not include reimbursements to schools for expenses related to ACC championships.— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) May 25, 2018
ACC distributions in FY17 ranged from $30.7 million for Clemson to $25.3 million for Syracuse. Conference has equal basic revenue sharing, but distributions reflect amounts schools receive to offset bowl/CFP expenses. Clemson played in 2 CFP games, won title in 2016 season— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) May 25, 2018
That’s a whole lot of money, though the ACC still lags well behind the SEC and Big Ten in revenue. Both of those leagues have profitable television networks up and running, though, and the ACC is still waiting on the start of its own network.
But that will get going in 2019, with the support of ESPN, and that should lead to a considerable increase in revenue and per-school payouts. Despite how the numbers from 2017 might make things appear, the ACC is in a more sturdy position than either the Big 12 or the Pac-12, especially given the Pac-12’s disaster of a television network, which you still can’t get on DirecTV.