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Kentucky got A WHOLE LOTTA MONEY from the SEC this year


A lot of fans often ask why Kentucky stays in the SEC. Today, they have 40.4 million reasons why. This afternoon, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the league divvied up $584.2 million of revenue to its 14 institutions, an average of slightly over $40.4 million per school. That’s an insane amount of money, and doesn’t even include bowl revenue.

The $584.2 million of revenue distributed is for the 2015-16 fiscal year and is the highest in SEC history. Last year, the league distributed $475.8 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year, an average of $32.7 million per school. The total distribution amount is comprised of revenue generated from television agreements, post-season bowl games, the College Football Playoff, the SEC Football Championship, the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, NCAA Championships and a supplemental surplus distribution. For comparison’s sake, the Big 10 distributes around $32.4 million to its members, while ACC schools annually receive anywhere from $24 million to $27.6 million.

Overall, the SEC made a record $639 million in 2016, which you know means Commissioner Sankey is strutting around his office like…


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11 Comments for Kentucky got A WHOLE LOTTA MONEY from the SEC this year

  1. memphis wildcat
    3:44 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Scrolled through the return…Doug Shows Officiating LLC got 140,950….

    • J-Dub421
      4:46 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

      Wow, based on the quality of his officiation, Shows is waaaayyyyy overpaid.

    • J-Dub421
      4:46 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

      *officiating. *facepalm*

  2. RC
    4:15 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Bingo! All the whining about leaving the SEC because our basketball league sucks is asinine. Does anyone think Cal needs help with recruiting? Do we need help with home game attendance? Do we need help with media exposure? Do we need help with merchandise sales?

    Kentucky has been a consistent Final Four participant and won a National Championship under Calipari- all while SEC basketball has been pathetic. The SEC was much harder when Tubby Smith was our coach and that didn’t seem to help him much, did it?

    The SEC rules in college athletics. UK isn’t going anywhere. Get over it.

  3. LdyWldKat
    4:17 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    So does the money stay within the athletic department? I think I’d like to see the kids get some of the money but I know there are a lot of reasons for and against that. Especially since they get a college education. Do we get to see what they do with it? What do other conferences get? Is that public knowledge?

  4. BlueGrass
    4:21 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Revenue: $639M
    Profit: $584M
    Profit Margin: 91%

    Free labor is a wonderful thing as long as you own the business.

  5. Jordon
    4:28 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    …but we can’t pay the players, or at least let them make revenue off their own brand (autographs, appearances, etc.)

    On the bright side, tuition went down. Wait…it went up again?

    Ticket prices…those are reasonable now, right? No

    Don’t get me wrong, I love college sports, but it’s such a scam for everyone outside the Universities and the NCAA.

    • Rixter
      4:41 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

      The Fat Cats (no pun intended) are eating well.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:18 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah bet they’re all Republicans too!!

  6. Lip Man 1
    5:20 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    But remember there’s no money for the players but PLENTY of money for the lawyers to try to keep it that way.