A Look At How Southeastern Conference Revenue Sharing Has Grown

Mike Slive, commissioner of the SEC, has stealthly moved to the chair of power in college football.

The University of Arkansas and other Southeastern Conference member schools will divide up a record $289.4 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Each school will receive approximately $20.7 million as part of the SEC’s revenue sharing plan. It’s a record payout for each school and an amount expected to increase substantially when the league enters a 20-year contract with ESPN. A report in the Kansas City Star said the SEC-ESPN deal could be worth an additional $17 million per year for each school.

That would mean the UA would be making close to $38 million annually from its SEC membership.

By the way, the SEC wants us to know that the $20.7 million distributed this year? That doesn’t include “$14.1 million retained by SEC schools participating in bowls and $980,000 divided among all 14 schools by the NCAA for academic enhancement.”  

It is stunning to see how the league has grown financially over the year. Included in the SEC release is a list of revenue distribution totals dating back to 1980. Interesting to note that 10 years ago the pie was “only” $101.9 million and a decade before that the then-12 teams in the league were splitting up $34.3 million.

Other yearly money distributions, since 1992 (the year Arkansas joined the league) are as follows:

Year

Total Revenue Shared (In Millions)

2013

$289.4

2012

$244.0

2011

$219.9

2010

$209.0

2009

$132.5

2007

$122.0

2006

$116.1

2005

$110.7

2004

$108.8

2003

$101.9

2002

$95.7

2001

$78.1

2000

$73.2

1999

$68.5

1998

$61.2

1997

58.9

1996

$45.5

1995

$40.3

1994

$34.35

1993

$34.34

1992

$27.7

Source: The Southeastern Conference.

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