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Volume 25 No. 29

Colleges

The AAC earned $42.179M from postseason tournaments and more than $20M from media rights
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The AAC reported $74.47M in total revenue for FY '16-17, "down slightly" -- 6% -- from the "previous year," during which the league reported $79.297M in total revenue, according to Matt Murschel of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. It is the "first decrease in revenue for the AAC" since the decline between '13-14 to '14-15, with the latter being the "first year without Louisville and Rutgers as members of the league." The AAC earned $42.179M in revenue from "postseason tournaments" and more than $20M in "revenue from its television and radio rights shared over a variety of networks." The conference’s current media rights deal ends in '20, and Commissioner Mike Aresco noted, "The real game-changer for us would be TV because we’re just not getting anywhere near what we deserve in TV." In '16-17, USF received $8.877M from the AAC, followed by UConn ($8.088M), Cincinnati ($7.659M), Houston ($5.410M), Tulsa ($4.937M) and Temple ($4.920M). Murschel notes Aresco made $1.79M in salary in '16-17, "up slightly from the previous year" of $1.724M (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/12).