According to CNNMoney, the top programs in college football just keep getting richer bringing in more than $1 billion in profits during the 2009-10 school year. Profit for 68 schools was up 11% from the previous year.
The vast majority of the football programs in the power conferences posted profits. Only one big name school, Wake Forest University, posted a loss.
The average earnings were close to $1 million per game, or $15.8 million for the season. If anyone ever argues that college football isn't about money then you can legitimately laugh in their face.
Based on these numbers, it's a wonder why the smaller schools like Utah, Boise State, and TCU moved into more powerful conferences when they had the chance (Pac-12, Mountain West, and Big East, respectively).
Is it only a matter of time before consolidation into "super-conferences" takes place? Will it bring down the NCAA?
Don't be surprised if and when it happens.
Here are the top five programs.
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