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Big Ten Reports Record $759M in 2018 Revenue

Andy Berg

The Big Ten Conference is not wanting for money to pay the bills after posting record 2018 financials.

In its fiscal 2018, the Big Ten posted $759 million in revenue, which far exceeds any comparable annual figure for a college sports conference, according to federal tax record obtained by the USA Today.

The numbers represent an increase of 48 percent over 2017’s revenue of $512.9 million.

Commissioner Jim Delany received $5.5 million in total compensation for the 2017 calendar year, with a base pay in 2017 of $2.25 million, about $125,000 more than it was a year earlier. He also received nearly $1.5 million in bonus pay.

USA Today reports that the exceptional financials were driven by new TV agreements that took effect in the 2017-18 school year and resulted in payment of roughly $54 million to 12 of the conference’s 14 longest-standing member. Maryland and Rutgers, which are newcomers to the conference, received smaller shares.

The Big Ten’s revenue compares to $660 million recorded by the Southeastern Conference for the same period, which resulted in payouts of $47 million to each of its 13 member schools.

The 10-team Big 12 recently reported $374 million in revenue for 2018.

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