Some interesting links from around the web today:
- Eight of the top ten most highly attended spring football games were in the SEC. No surprise there. Alabama boasted an enormous 92,310 in attendance – that’s more than many teams get in the stands for a reguar season game! Read more here.
- The Big East’s new broadcast deal with ESPN expected to triple their current media rights fees. However, they’re unlikely to see the money the ACC received in their latest contract. Read more here.
- The Fiesta Bowl could learn its fate as early as April 28th when it goes before the NCAA committee on bowl licenses. Read more here.
- Notre Dame released a full report on Declan Sullivan’s death. You can read the entire 145-page report here. It’s about what you would expect. You can skip to page 10 of the PDF if you want the summary of conclusions.
After writing about the football finances of the SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-10, Big 12 and Big East, I found myself wondering where Notre Dame fit into the financial picture. 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.
I think we can all conceded that if Notre Dame were to join a conference for football, it would be the Big Ten. As you can see, Notre Dame would be the second-highest revenue generator of all Big Ten football programs:
|Penn State Univ.||$70,208,584.00|
|Ohio State Univ.||$63,750,000.00|
|Univ. of Michigan||$63,189,417.00|
|Univ. of Iowa||$45,854,764.00|
|Michigan State Univ.||$44,462,659.00|
|Univ. of Wisconsin||$38,662,971.00|
|Univ. of Minnesota||$32,322,688.00|
|Univ. of Illinois||$25,301,783.00|
They would also come in second in terms of money spent on football:
|Ohio State Univ.||$31,763,036.00|
|Univ. of Wisconsin||$22,041,491.00|
|Penn State Univ.||$19,780,939.00|
|Univ. of Iowa||$18,468,732.00|
|Univ. of Michigan||$18,328,233.00|
|Michigan State Univ.||$17,468,458.00|
|Univ. of Minnesota||$17,433,699.00|
|Univ. of Illinois||$11,092,122.00|
You’ve seen how they stack up with programs from the Big Ten, but how well is Notre Dame really doing? Read the rest of this entry