What are the richest SEC football programs?
Thanks to PennLive.com’s David Jones, we now know where all 14 programs rank among the Power Five conferences.
The website received the latest numbers early from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity Athletics Data Analysis that calculates the gross revenue raked in by the 65 Power Five programs. The numbers are for the 2017 football season, not the 2018 season.
The SEC has four of the top 10 riches programs in the nation, and if you can believe it, Alabama isn’t the richest in the conference. That title belongs to Georgia, who raked in $129 million during the 2017-18 season.
Alabama, however, was ranked fourth on the list, as Tennessee and Auburn rounded out the top 10.
On the other end of the spectrum, the website would say that Mississippi State is the “poorest” program in the SEC, making just $29.8 million — good for No. 61 out of 65 programs.
Here are the numbers for the 14 SEC football programs (in millions):
2. Georgia: $129 million
4. Alabama: $111.1
9. Tennessee: $93.9
10. Auburn: $93.6
12. Florida: $88
14. LSU: $86.6
15. Texas A&M: $82.6
21. Arkansas: $67.9
22. South Carolina: $64.4
33. Ole Miss: $51.2
49. Kentucky: $40
59. Missouri: $31.4
60. Vanderbilt: $30.3
61. Mississippi State: $29.8
The richest program in the nation, however, was Texas, who made $143.1 million during the 2017 season.
Be sure and check out the full report here.