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Report: major conferences will average over $90 million in playoff

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Expanding the championship field to four teams in two years, in our humble yet meaningless opinion, is a step in the right direction for college football. On the other hand, the so-called “access games” — high-dollar bowls that will act as semifinal sites in some years and pair teams from major conferences in others — is nothing more than living proof that college athletics bigwigs are in fact capable of taking tangled wires and 1) making them more tangled and 2) lighting them on fire in the process.

Cynicism aside, a college football playoff brings in a lot of money, though just how much and to whom has been largely unknown. Until today. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that the five power conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) will receive an average of at least $91 million annually over the 12-year life of the playoff. That will be about $75 million more than the other conferences — Big East, Mountain West, Mid-American, Conference USA and Sun Belt — will receive during that same span.

College football’s playoff will reportedly be worth about $470 million annually according to ESPN, which will have the broadcast rights to the playoff.  After expenses, commissioners have apparently decided 75 percent of the revenue will go to power conferences with 25 percent going to smaller conferences.

That alone will give the power conferences about $51.75 million annually plus payouts from access bowls. The Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC should earn another $40 million from the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, and the ACC would earn about $27.5 million from the Orange Bowl. If a Big Ten or SEC team plays in the Orange Bowl in a given year, that conference would earn the other $27.5 million in payout. Notre Dame, which also has access to the Orange Bowl, will be paid less, although the exact amount is not known.

There will also be $37.5 million in revenue distribution for schools that meet the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate requirement. Each school that meets the minimum APR requirements will receive an extra $300,000.

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18 Responses to “Report: major conferences will average over $90 million in playoff”
  1. chachooga says: Dec 11, 2012 8:24 PM

    Worse than the NCAA bigwigs is that we have to freakin watch in on ESPN….anyone else tired of the lamos calling games there???

    Give me the SEC crew on CBS or that new FOX crew…one of those guys actually called the games and got excited even raising his voice as players sprint for TDs in the 4th qtr.

    On ESPN we have to hear stories about people’s dogs, or some players new cd he has out, or an interview with some non related person, how often do they talk not even paying attention to the game??? So lame.

    Ask me how I really feel.

    Boo, double Boo for the NCAA bigwigs and ESPN.

    And I don’t give a rip if the little conferences get less money Benny K… liberals around here are always crying about something. The ones that produce the goods, get the goods. Make sense. The Big East, MAC, WAC etc….can pull out of the holes by winning. And really don’t respond, cuz it was like this before the money and the playoff…spare me the whine fest.

  2. necr0philia says: Dec 11, 2012 8:32 PM

    Someone is ANGRY^^^^^ That guy^^^^^.

  3. chachooga says: Dec 11, 2012 8:41 PM

    Hahaha…I have an ongoing bone to Pick with Benny K….but the annoyance with the ESPN is legitimately rage inducing…ok a tad bit of exaggeration there.

  4. tampabayirish says: Dec 11, 2012 8:49 PM

    Screw the bowls, all the bowls. College football does not need them, the bowls need college football. The sooner we get to an 8 or 16 team playoff format the better. Play the first round of games on campus and let the scumbags in awful blazers (bowl directors) bid on the rest. Watch the money fly in. Think how good the football playoffs would be this year if we had an 8 team playoff. Note to the NCAA, if you link bowl/playoff money to individual teams rather than conferences you are less likely to either end up in court or in front of Congress, explaining how you are screwing the little guy in favor of the 1% types in the super conferences.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:03 PM

    One of these days we’re going to be talking about REAL money. The haves continue to have and the have nots continue to not have. Why don’t those have nots just drop down into a subdivision and have their own playoffs. They’d probably make more than their share of this Sedo-playoff system.

  6. dmcgrann says: Dec 11, 2012 9:18 PM

    The not-so-funny thing is that a lot of the fans of the “have not conferences” haven’t figured out that the new system doesn’t help them one bit. There are a lot of fans of say, C-USA teams who think that the new system will give their team a shot at the NC or at least that they’ll be in the running for a spot in the FIesta Bowl every year. The howls will begin the very first year of the playoff system when everyone from all of the conferences figure out what the reality is.

  7. sparty0n says: Dec 11, 2012 10:05 PM

    Gotta love the student athlete emphasis! $300,000 for the Academic Progress Rate. They should get the $300K, then have to earn the $91 mil through Academic Progress.

  8. imaduffer says: Dec 11, 2012 10:48 PM

    Does this mean that Honey Boo Boo can get a scholarship to any SEC school that she applies to?

  9. tubaplayingprof says: Dec 12, 2012 6:50 AM

    Another reason for the “big” schools playing the “small” school: sharing that wealth. I know most casual college football fans don’t care for those games, but for the alums and actual fans of both schools these games matter–yes, most of them are blowouts with only two benefits: playing and thus evaluating younger players and a much needed cash payout. But at least once a season we have ULL losing to Fla on a last second blocked punt and a Western Kentucky beating Kentucky.

  10. dryzzt23 says: Dec 12, 2012 7:52 AM

    Someone please explain to me how these “non-profit” organizations can make this kind of PROFIT, yet they are not railed against like other profit-making businesses.

    I know it’s b/c they are all left wing organizations and the media is 99.9% left wing so colleges/universities are a sacred cow for the media but still, it shows how hypocritical they are.

  11. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 9:08 AM


    I wouldn’t worry about all that money….sooner or later, most of it will be going toward either Obamacare or Social Security. You know someone in DC is looking at it….they call it thinking out of the box for the country to get another revenue stream.

  12. v2the4 says: Dec 12, 2012 10:58 AM

    if that kind of money is going to be made by the big power conferences, then the smaller schools should demand more money when they become homecoming or “bye week” opponents for the big boys…if I was an AD at a mountain west, C-USA, Big East, Sun Belt, MAC or at a FBS school, I would ask for at least $2Mill plus in my pay for play game….

    I see Nebraska is paying Southern Miss $2.3 Mill next year because So Miss switched their home game from Hattiesburg MS to Lincoln NE, but So Miss needed the money to pay off the recently fired Ellis Johnson as head coach.

  13. chachooga says: Dec 12, 2012 2:44 PM


    Tell it like it is….and that annoying guy up there is bringing the Obama dividing of America to football by slinging this 1% vs. the rest mumbo jumbo.

    What a joke. It is so true though about the “non profit” schools pulling this in. I am a non profit fan and think they should be aided more.

    But you sure are right that Universities are huge in pushing the left wing agenda along with Disney/ABC/ESPN and Benny K.

    Oh how we love these “revenue systems”….anyone else feel dirty?!?!??!

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2012 3:00 PM

    And we get mad at Reggie Bush and the Ohio St players….

    So hypocritical

  15. hor2012 says: Dec 12, 2012 4:47 PM

    How does any of this invovles politics. You people need to get over it. Your side lost. And, if you really hate the direction the country is moving in why do you do what you’ve asked others to do when your party ran the white house, get out and move to another country

  16. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 5:02 PM


    You moron….you can’t even string words together to make a coherent sentence!

  17. lbijake says: Dec 12, 2012 5:25 PM

    Hopefully the major conferences will be taxed at the higher rate.

  18. chachooga says: Dec 12, 2012 11:31 PM


    glad you stopped short of blaming “my party” for our countries problems…i know it was tempting, and I am sure you blindly feel that way.

    Love the term “you people” too….funny how that flies. The most condescending, bigotted, hypocritical people hide behind the mask of being progressive and politically correct.



    I am for all of us uniting under President Manning and VP Tebow…hahahahahah

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