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Study: Non-AQ schools generated $18.8M less revenue as result of BCS system

First Published      Last Updated May 20 2014 08:14 am

The Bowl Championship Series era resulted in a boatload of revenue for the NCAA, but it also widened the gap between the haves and have-nots.

That's the upshot of a study published recently in the Contemporary Issues in Education Research by Xavier University of Louisiana professor Cary Caro.

Division I college football teams generated $24 billion in revenue from 2002 to 2012, he found, and being a member of a Bowl Championship Series automatic qualifying conference gave schools an $18.8 million per school advantage over non-AQ teams.

Utah is cited in the report, along with TCU, for their moves from a non-AQ conference and subsequent major gains in AQ conferences.

Utah averaged $11.8 million a year as a member of the Mountain West Conference, the report says, and has since averaged $24.2 million.

The U.'s single-season revenue of $16.4 million in 2008, when they beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, was the second-most for non-AQ institutions, behind TCU.

­— Matthew Piper


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