Gross income of each Big Ten program for the previous fiscal year



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Only the SEC has an advantage over the Big Ten Conference when it comes to the annual revenues of sports departments. Based on a Penn live Gross income analysis during the 2016 college football schedule, there are clear winners and a lot of money for everyone.

With $ 785.3 million in combined gross revenue for the 14 schools, according to the US Department of Education, the value of big athletics and conference television contracts is clearer than ever. Which Big Ten programs have the strongest exercises in the 2016 cycle? From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, a prominent group is clearly forming in the college football arms race. Longtime commissioner Jim Delany announced a new TV deal shortly after the cycle ended.

Speaking at last year’s Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago, Delany said: “I think we have good depth, good coaches, great players, and every year is hard to predict, every year writes its own story. So I’m always reluctant to be overconfident, but I think what we have in place in terms of coaches and players, venues, TV all together conspire to give us a great deal in college sports. College football has never been so healthy, but it has never been so fragile. We have health and safety issues. We have dispute problem. So I don’t mean to say that we don’t have challenges, because we certainly do. But if you just look at Big Ten football, its reach, the number of followers, the leadership, the quality of the student playing college football, this is a pretty exceptional collection of abilities and positives. So I think we’re good. “



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