John, you've spelled out where you think the SEC money is going to be and why you think that. Have you ever done the same for the Big Ten so we can see the two side-by-side? Obviously, we're looking at a lot of uncertainty in numbers, but it would be interesting to see how you see the two doing head-to-head.
Only to say this numerous times -- as I did above:
"In 10 years, the SEC and Big Ten will still be neck-and-neck with each other and leading the way in revenue… well ahead of any other conferences."
People continue to think that the numbers are fixed and that future growth can be easily figured out via mathematics. But that's not how it is. Bowl contracts change each year, the number of teams making the new playoff will change each year, television contracts will change -- as alluded to above, the Big Ten will soon get another bounce with its expansion. All those things are variables.
Think ballpark figures. Anyone laying out a "definitive" comparison is blowing smoke. Unless the Big Ten and SEC open their books completely -- and they don't -- and their future contracts, expenditures, and revenue lines are locked in -- they're not -- there's no way to say A will make X$ and B will make Y$. It's much easier to say that the SEC figures to make between $30-35 million by 2015 or 2016 (and growing from there) and that the Big Ten will likely wind up in the same ballpark.
I know folks want everything in easy-to-read, Twitter form, but these financials change from year to year. Example: The Big Ten Network is growing, but that league's schools figure to actually take in a tad less from the channel this year than they did last year. There are blips and contractual payouts that no one knows about... outside of the leagues.
Thanks for reading,
@John at MrSEC Gotcha. I've read your thoughts on SEC's future earnings but I couldn't remember if you had said anything about the two conferences compared to each other.. other than the idea that they would be in the same ballpark.