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Of Million-Dollar Commissioners Slive Ranks 3rd

When it comes to spending, four of the six BCS conferences believe in giving great compensation to the men in charge of driving up their leagues’ revenue.  But of the four conference commissioners making right at a million or more, the SEC’s Mike Slive ranks third on the list.

The Associated Press — digging through 2009 IRS returns — found that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany makes $1.6 million per year.  ACC commissioner John Swofford ranks a surprising second at $1.1 million.  Then comes Slive at an even million, followed by the Big 12′s Dan Beebe at $997,000.  (Slive received a million dollar bonus in 2008 as a big “thank ya” for landing mega-deals with ESPN and CBS.)

Larry Scott of the Pac-12 ($735,000) and John Marinatto ($366,000) started mid-year in 2009, so their numbers don’t show a full year’s salary.  That suggests, of course, that Scott is making more than a million a year and could even be making Delany-type money.

Interestingly, Marinatto makes less than the median pay of presidents ($760,774) at America’s biggest research universities.  That despite the fact that he might have the toughest job as the Big East has separate members for basketball and football and stretches from New England to Milwaukee to Fort Worth.

The AP’s article is itself another push to pay athletes.  One professor quoted in the piece says:


“Mike Slive got more money for TV contracts, but nobody turns on their TV set to see Mike Slive, who may be interviewed at halftime.  They want to see Alabama and Auburn play at their very best, which means player have to be in 12-month training and (put in) very intensive work weeks.  The logic and ethics of the situation say the players should be paid.”


Sounds good.  Unfortunately professor Murray Sperber of Cal-Berkeley doesn’t grasp the fact that there are lots of unfair wages being paid out in America today.  Should the people who build the cars Americans drive be better compensated than some exec in a corner office at Ford?  The car company would probably tell you that the leadership provided by its top-paid exec influences every person in the company.

Along those same lines, if Slive weren’t there to cut those massive TV deals — deals that opened the door for other leagues to follow suit, by the way — would the players be able to negotiate those television contracts?  And if not, who pays for those multi-million-dollar workout rooms, academic centers, and new lockerrooms that they enjoy?

This isn’t about defending Slive.  It’s about shooting down an oversimplified argument. 

“I do more work so I should make more money than the top guy.”  Everybody says it and in a lot of cases its true.  But the top guy is on top for a reason.  Usually because he’s the one negotiating the deals that push the company’s product from “value in theory” to “value in reality.”

 


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