After writing about the football finances of the SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-10, Big 12, and Big East, it’s time to turn to the non-AQ conferences. I showed you Conference USA earlier this week, so now it’s time for the Mid-American Conference.
The numbers are drawn from schools’ reports to the U.S. Department of Education on the state of their athletic departments’ finances for July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. See the note at the end for more details on the data.
Before we look at football revenue in the Mid-American, let’s take another look at the averages for the six AQ conferences:
Big Ten ($40.6m)
Big 12 ($35.4m)
Big East ($18.8m)
We saw that Conference USA’s average football revenue was about half that of the lowest AQ conference, the Big East, at $9.3 million. The Mid-American is going to come in at barely over half of Conference USA and just over a quarter of the Big East’s number at $5.5 million.
While the gap in Conference USA from highest to lowest was about $9.6 million (compared to huge gaps like $57.8 in the SEC and $52.1 in the Big Ten), the gap in the Mid-American is just $4.8 million: Read the rest of this entry