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03:00 AM on 12/31/2010
Wonder how much of UTex's earnings comes from the excessive cut they get from the Big 12's money pie?

The number of SEC schools on the list is particularly interesting in light of Tommy Tuberville's point about the SEC's system of giving all the schools an equal share of the money. Right after taking over at Texas Tech, Tuberville warned the Big 12's system favoring UTex would cause the conference to fall apart. For his honesty, Tuberville was fined by Big 12 Commissioner Dan "Mr. Magoo" Beebe. Meanwhile, sick and tired schools are starting to leave the conference, and despite its massive profits, UTex football has become a drain on the school.
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fratricide08
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03:24 AM on 12/31/2010
The commissioners of pretty much all the conferences hate it when anyone speaks honestly because they want their power and money to stay just where it is. The level some commissioners take it to is ridiculous and I'm not sure their power to censor any and all criticism should be legal at all.
04:47 AM on 12/31/2010
Yep. You also remind me that some of these fines serve a coach's purpose and have perhaps unintended consequences for the commissioner. I've followed football in these parts since Trull-to-Elkins but was not entirely aware of how tilted the financial playing field had gotten until Tuberville was fined for saying so. I guess he considered it five grand well spent, assuming he didn't use the Mike Leach Loophole. The lore and generosity created by the fine Beebe handed Leach was pretty cool. Fans in Lubbock raised no telling how many pennies to send Beebe, and when Leach discovered the hole in the league's appeal system the pennies were cashed in for some very good causes.
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02:41 AM on 12/31/2010
exploitation of the black male athlete. there should be a follow-up of this article on the graduarion rates of these football programs. as far as b-ball and football is concerned, the ncaa is a joke!
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fratricide08
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03:19 AM on 12/31/2010
Not just black males but as a white ex-player who now lobbies on behalf of changing the rules and paying college and paying players put-it, 'black kids and white hayseeds.' He specifically talks about how both black players and white players from urban areas and rural areas alike are exploited and tricked into signing contracts (and sometimes their parents signing for them when they're only 17) that in any other field would be illegal. He argues that college FB and BB are breaking all kinds of rules and that they're basically indenturing these kids because there are no minor leagues for FB and BB. He's working to change those rules. I wish I could remember his name.
06:03 AM on 12/31/2010
This is no longer just about race. College football has taken on such an international face that we also have to start worrying about the exploitation of players from the four corners of the world. Some of these kids moved to the United States with their parents, but not all of them. It would behoove communities to help watch over kids who are here alone, thousands of miles from home.

Also, the rise of women's basketball as a big money sport needs to be monitored for exploitation.

A recommended read on college football is the 1972 book, "Meat on the Hoof," by Gary Shaw. It was a stunner then, but even more stunning now.
02:04 AM on 12/31/2010
What a sad day for the State of Texas! The highest paid executive in Austin, isn't a Dell executive or the Governor - It's the UT Football Coach, who gets paid 5 Million!

The graduation rate for the football team is a little over 40%
They have laid off faculty
Cut programs
And Raised tuition

If they are so profitable, why don't they give something back to the institution of higher education. UT is the third pro-team in Texas, and they cant even win.

As the UT Moto states" What starts here changes the world !" (Let us all hope - not!)

Disgusted in Austin
09:45 AM on 12/31/2010
the highest paid state employee is usually a college athletic coach no matter what state. Grad rates are also effected by students leaving early for the pros. I'm sure some of that revenue is also used to fund other academic departments
12:33 AM on 12/31/2010
I love how many SEC teams made it on the list. We own the BCS.
12:45 AM on 12/31/2010
That is something to be proud of huh? The BCS is a joke. No playoffs, no credibility. I don't care how many "championships" this cartel gives out.
01:57 PM on 01/01/2011
I agree with you 100%. I do love how SEC teams dominate it though. It is hard to match the speed and athleticism of most Southeastern Conference Teams.
03:05 AM on 12/31/2010
Roll Tide!
01:56 PM on 01/01/2011
Go Gators!
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Ish11
12:07 AM on 12/31/2010
You forgot the Huskers of Nebraska.
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goodpyr
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01:58 AM on 12/31/2010
The Huskers just got their tails kicked by a 6 and 6 Washington team.
Yuk yuk yuk.
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Ish11
11:16 AM on 12/31/2010
Oh Gawd that suxx I had to turn the TV off and go to bed.
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bmattix
12:05 AM on 12/31/2010
Welcome to the 21st Century decline of a Roman Empire. Dumb down the public, keep 'em entertained with all kinds of violence (football, wrasslin', MMA, Jerry Springer and FOX News) so they don't rebel against the rich and powerful.
12:33 AM on 12/31/2010
You do have a point. Sports are a great way to keep people entertained and prevent them from taking up pursuits to better themselves.
08:14 AM on 12/31/2010
The Roman "Bread and Circus" has morphed into the American "Beer and Circus".
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Jason Fischer
11:51 PM on 12/30/2010
pay the players already... before someone pays there parents without telling them...
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MWChris
11:47 PM on 12/30/2010
I always assumed that Notre Dame was the most profitable team, given that they have an exclusive contract with NBC. Learn something new every day....
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timo96
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12:31 AM on 12/31/2010
their nbc contract isn't all that lucrative. individual teams in the sec and big 10 have much more profitable media deals.
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AlohaMark2
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11:43 PM on 12/30/2010
Nine out of the 12 from the confederate football league-but at least they are getting a quality education. Oh wait, maybe they are just part of the "football mill" where scholarships are over-promised.
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edacelis
Jail the rich and take back your resources!
08:14 AM on 12/31/2010
Good point. Is it any wonder that schools born in slave culture operate most like plantations?
11:39 PM on 12/30/2010
How much does each team pay the NCAA to keep from having a 'violation'.
11:38 PM on 12/30/2010
USC isn't on the list? Were they excluded because perhaps they don't report their profits since they are a private school? The only private school on this list was Notre Dame, iirc. It would be interesting to find out how other private institutions do bottom line wise in football.
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blomeup2day
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11:29 PM on 12/30/2010
I can't believe the revenue for Michigan is so low. They have the highest capacity stadium that has been sold out for about 2 decades or longer straight. Something must be goofy about the numbers. Even if the tickets are a few dollars cheaper, the concessionĀ­s would more than make up that value.
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Isac C
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12:46 AM on 12/31/2010
Ticket sales aren't the only source of revenue.
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blomeup2day
I'm no fan of facts, you can look it up, it's true
05:03 AM on 12/31/2010
I get that ticket sales aren't the only source. But I find it hard to believe that Penn State with a smaller following than Michigan gets more revenue. There hasn't been too many great players of late from either school to warrant jersey revenue disparity. I would be interested to see what the results were 5 years ago or a history over time of the top revenue/profit football schools.
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ARTIST50
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11:04 PM on 12/30/2010
I'm not sure the college degree is worth the wear and tear on a football players body who is never going to play in the Pros. By age 40 these guys usually have lifelong knee and shoulder injuries. Is it worth it?
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cynical one
It's a revolution, I suppose.
11:20 PM on 12/30/2010
For the love of the game, in a word? Yep.
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
10:44 PM on 12/30/2010
The only way any of this is worthwhile is if profits are used to enrich the experiences of ALL the student body, not merely the athletes. This includes ensuring these athletes actually get an education, since all of 'em aren't going to the Pro Bowl one day. Some, like Peyton and Eli's older brother, don't even get to play in the NFL.
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11:48 PM on 12/30/2010
These profits go to paying for the smaller sports programs like Rowing, Track and Field, lacrosse, etc.
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lisakaz2
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12:48 AM on 12/31/2010
That's supposed to be so. Don't know that it is. And for these mega-profitable programs, it seems to me they'd have more than enough to do that. When football coaches make more than the university president, imo something is wrong.
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
04:33 PM on 12/31/2010
That's a big "IF" in your other statement. Lots of athletes in football (especially) do not graduate. And my opinion is actually based in dealing with college athletes, like the guy who was pulled from class more than once to wait all day for some doctor to see him. The school had a contract with the medical group but nowhere did they make the kid's schedule a priority. Not only did he miss a lot of his SPRING (non-football season) schedule, they chose to operate on his injury (groin area) just prior to finals week -- no, they couldn't put it off till he was done with exams for another week to 10 days. The guy had the most painful time sitting for my exam because of this. And you really think there will be no problem graduating, huh? The guy wasn't even a starter.

I had one female athlete actually forgo college athletics altogether, despite being on a scholarship, because she said she couldn't be an athlete and a student and her education was important to her because she had a goal. Her dream was to invent an MRI that could take moving images. Her interest remained in sports medicine and it conflicted with being an athlete. Seeing how athletes missed classes (and auxiliaries like band members) gives you a clear sense that the student part of student-athlete is given scant attention. I'd be very happy if a better balance was struck but it isn't.
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10:14 PM on 12/30/2010
South owns football, moved to Texas few years ago and I am shocked! People talk about football all the time, belive it or not, 42K fans for a HS game in Rice University stadium few weeks ago, for a local game between two houston suburbs HS!!!!!
I don't get it, and I am a football fan.
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cynical one
It's a revolution, I suppose.
11:20 PM on 12/30/2010
It's a religion.
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AlohaMark2
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11:47 PM on 12/30/2010
Clinging to football is like clinging to guns-you know somebody will get hurt eventually but that's how they get their kicks.
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11:24 PM on 01/03/2011
Well said, thanks Fanned.