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Report: Pac-12 tops in conference revenue and Scott highest-paid commish

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The Big Ten and SEC may still have the edge when it comes to football revenue, but the Pac-12 has managed to crack the top spot in overall college sports revenue.

According to a report by USA Today, the Pac-12 reported $334 million in total revenue for the most recent fiscal year. That total topped the Big Ten by roughly $15.5 million and the SEC by $19.5 million. Not that anybody should feel sorry for the Big Ten or SEC, of course, and individual conference members will be just fine. The Pac-12 though is benefitting from the foresight by commissioner Larry Scott, who was hired just for this reason.

One of the biggest pushes for the Pac-12’s revenue increase came from new media rights deals with ESPN and FOX, although the conference has voiced some unsettling opinions on the relationship with FOX, and the introduction of the Pac-12 Networks. Much like the Big Ten has benefitted from the Big Ten Network and the SEC anticipates cashing in on the introduction of the SEC Network later this summer, the Pac-12 saw the fiscal advantage of owning and operating a conference-branded network.

In addition to the rise in conference revenue, the Pac-12 also madeĀ Scott the highest-paid conference commissioner in college sports by paying Scott just over $3.3 million. That means Scott saw a raise of about $200,000 from 2011.

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7 Responses to “Report: Pac-12 tops in conference revenue and Scott highest-paid commish”
  1. drummerhoff says: May 23, 2014 7:10 PM

    The Big12 & ACC can’t compete with these 3 super revenue conferences.

  2. danoregon says: May 23, 2014 7:26 PM

    Can I say once more how much I hate moving the championship game to Santa Clara? Hard enough to fill seats on a Friday night at 5 p.m. Sure maybe the cash is better, but does it really show off the conference when the conference title game is played in a half-empty stadium?

  3. classyjacklambert says: May 24, 2014 12:03 AM

    Wow it’s amazing that the Big10 can put out such a terrible product and still somehow make money… Just goes to show that you don’t have to have a quality product if your competition is the Cleveland browns and the Detroit lions…

  4. bballnut50 says: May 24, 2014 1:36 AM

    classyjacklambert-your statement is a reflection of a SEC education-and that’s not much!! Always amazed at the toothless wonders trying to rip on the big ten.

  5. classyjacklambert says: May 24, 2014 7:40 AM

    Hahaha yeah I actually went to a top 25 university, not in the SEC but I’d be grasping for straws too if I followed a third rate conference.

  6. 10kmp says: May 24, 2014 8:46 AM

    What a dope. You went to a “top 25” university like I went to the moon last night.

  7. scbaby2013 says: May 26, 2014 11:40 AM

    PAC-12 baby!!!

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