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BIRMINGHAM NEWS DETAILS REVENUE OF DIV. I-A CONFERENCES
Published December 20, 1999
League tax returns shows that six Div. I-A conferences take in from $47-76M every year, according to Adam Rubin in a special report in Sunday's BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Rubin wrote that "a couple of those make more in interest than many of the small-dollar leagues do in total revenue." Tax returns for 29 Div. I-A conferences for '97-98 -- the latest year for which a complete set is available -- "demonstrate the financial gap and help explain why the six rich conferences enjoy national athletic domination." The Big Ten generated the highest revenue during the '97-98 academic year with $75.9M, followed by the SEC with $74.8M, the ACC with $68.2M, the Big 12 with $63.2M, the Pac-10 with $48.0 and the Big East with $47.8M. Schools from those six conferences won 27 of 32 NCAA Div. I titles, excluding football, which is divided into I-A and I-AA. Twenty leagues generated less than $2.7M, and schools from those conferences won one national title -- in water polo. The following lists the ten highest-compensated Div. I-A commissioners during the '97-98 school year as detailed by tax returns and printed in the BIRMINGHAM NEWS (12/19): CONF. NAME TOTAL $$ CONF. NAME TOTAL $$ SEC Roy Kramer $386,563 Big East Mike Tranghese $271,074 Big 10 Jim Delaney $362,398 Big 12 Steve Hatchell $210,869 ACC ^ John Swofford $315,476 WAC Karl Benson $206,082 Gene Corrigan Pac-10 Thomas Hansen $312,440 Atl. 10 Linda Bruno $197,684 C-USA Mike Silve $276,711 Sun Belt Craig Thompson $197,459 ^ = ACC includes total of Swofford and Corrigan, both of whom served during the '97-98 academic year.