The Big Ten Conference may not have been represented in the College Football Playoff, or with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but there can be little doubt that the conference is continuing to dominate. The latest financial figures from the Power Five giants shows that it is surpassing even the SEC.
According to USA Today reporter Steve Berkowitz, the Big Ten recorded around $759 million in revenue for the fiscal year 2018. Perhaps even more impressive, the $759 million in revenue was nearly a quarter-billion higher than the fiscal year 2017.
The mark is a cool $100 million more than the SEC reported for the year. Meanwhile, the Big 12 reported $374 million in revenue.
The Big Ten’s big gains have also led to huge rewards for conference commissioner Jim Delaney. The Big Ten boss reportedly made $5.5 million in 2018.
Big Ten had nearly $759 million in revenue in FY18, new federal tax return shows. That's up from nearly $513 million last year. It's also $100 million more than amount SEC reported for FY18: https://t.co/Xs4icAPcAG
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) May 15, 2019
Last year, the Michigan Wolverines made it to the NCAA Tournament national title game, losing to Villanova.
In football this past season, nine Big Ten teams were awarded bowl berths, with Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Iowa winning their games. In the New Year’s Six, Ohio State beat Washington in the Rose Bowl while Michigan was beaten in the Peach Bowl.
All things considered, the Big Ten is as strong as its ever been.
Will the conference be able to make the jump back to winning national titles in football and basketball next season?