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Forbes: Big Ten nets highest revenue, Big 12 tops in per school earnings

Forbes Magazine has provided a look at the revenue each of the five biggest conferences is projected to net in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Big Ten is the richest conference with $310 million coming in: $250 million from television, $40 million from bowl games and $20 million from NCAA tournaments. 

The Pac-12 is not far behind at $303 million ($250 million from television, $39 million from bowls and $14 million from NCAA tournaments). The ACC is next at a sum of $293 million.

The Big 12 will take in the lowest haul at $262 million but its 10 members will net the highest per school revenue ($26.2 million), just ahead of the Big Ten ($25.8 million) and the Pac-12 ($25.3 million).

Surprisingly, the SEC is fourth among the big five leagues at $270 million in total revenue. Its 14 members will receive "only" $19.3 million per school, more than $5 million below the fourth-place ACC's $24.4 million. With a new television network in the works and contract negotiations with CBS and ESPN on the way, Mike Slive's league doesn't figure to remain in the basement for long. 

Here is the list, provided by Kansas City Star.

Projected 2012-13 revenue by conference

Conference Big Ten Pac-12 ACC SEC Big 12
Total $310 million $303 million $293 million $270 million $262 million
Bowl games $40 million $39 million $35 million $50 million $42 million
NCAA tournaments $20 million $14 million $17 million $15 million $20 million
TV revenue $250 million $250 million $240 million $205 million $200 million
Per school $25.8 million $25.3 million $24.4 million $19.3 million $26.2 million

Source: Forbes

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.