Consequences, schmonsequences, long as I'm rich:
Here's a top 10 list for football revenue (figures in millions):That's for the year 2007-2008, according to Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. A handful of reactions:
1. Texas: $72.95
2. Georgia: $67.05
3. Florida: $66.1
4. Ohio State: $65.16
5. Notre Dame: $59.77
6. Auburn: $59.67
7. Michigan: $57.46
8. Alabama: $57.37
9. Penn State: $53.76
10. LSU: $52.68
In overall sports revenues, Auburn ranked seventh nationally, having brought in $89.31 million. Texas, again, was first, earning $120.28 million.
1. Remember that thing I said earlier today about the SEC making too much money to play road games? Well, when the conference's probably sixth-ranked team in terms of prestige, national reputation, etc. makes more money than Michigan and comes only a few nickels short of a team with its own TV contract, it's not a wonder said conference isn't all that enthusiastic collectively about giving up some of that hard-earned ca$h in the name of "courage" or, alternatively, "fairness."
2. Wow, 2 million and change shy of the school who we all know, of course, has the smaller, weaker, more fickle fan base, huh? Guess Daniel Moore should have sold a few more paintings.
3. Every single team in that top 10 is either from the SEC, the Midwest, or Texas.
4. On the one hand, you have to hand it to Auburn's administration that revenues and expenses have been balanced this well. On the other, why is it that even with this kind of windfall, two of our three revenue sports have lagged near the bottom of the league and made little-to-no national impact for nearly this entire decade? Better than having subpar men's hoops and baseball teams and not having a giant pile of money, I guess.
5. Gene Chizik is going to get a fat raise if he wins football games.
6. Happy as I am about this sort of news, I'll be even happier if I get to read a story sometime soon about how the athletic department funneled a chunk of these revenues back to the university, as I recall Florida fans got to not too long ago. (If someone wants to leave a link to such a story in the comments, feel free.)