Report: Pac-12 sets record for revenue in 2012-13


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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    June 5, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    In addition to the money the Utes have a seat at the table in the Big 5 discussions as well as a more clear path to the playoff. So as our team's play improves with better coaching and improved talent the Ute's potential is a lot greater. The money helps build facilities and hire coaches that will attract the talent we need to compete. No right thinking Ute fan will pretend that it hasn't been a rough road these first couple of years, but it beats playing basically the same schedule we had in the MWC with no greater opportunities on the horizon.

  • River City Rat Portland, OR
    June 3, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    "Who am I sir?" misquoted the Senator Dirksen phrase... which he borrowed from J. Paul Getty:

    "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money." J. Paul Getty (1892 - 1976).

    Just sayin'.

  • River City Rat Portland, OR
    June 3, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    In response to comments stating or implying that UofU makes more football revenue than BYU, here is a quote from earlier Deseret News article comparing, inter alia, sports revenues between the Jazz, the Cougars, the Utes and the Aggies:

    "According the U.S. Department of Education, Brigham Young University's football team is the most profitable team in the state. BYU brought in $22.4 million in the 2012 season, posting a $7.41 million profit.

    Meanwhile, the Runnin' Utes are also runnin' all the way to the bank. Utah's football team posted $20.7 million in revenue and a $5.9 million profit in 2012.

    Even the Utah State Aggies, a team with historically poor earnings in football, posted a profit this past year. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Utah State had football revenue of $5,881,832 and football expenses of $5,881,831 to tally a total profit of $1."

  • 4 in a row! Ogden, UT
    May 30, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    The victorys over BYU didn't count. It's a no win situation.

    But I'm sure the win over Stanford counts!

    May 30, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Chris B,

    I don't recall you ever becoming a member of the Pac-12. The Utes did and you had nothing to do with it. So pull back the reins a bit and temper your giddiness about "my Pac-12 membership."

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    May 30, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Not to worry, Blue folks. This revenue situation was foretold some time ago and is now simply coming to fruition. And is expected to continue to improve, especially if Direct TV eventually picks up the P12 Network.

    Simply another example of the three or four different directions the Utah colleges/universities are going --- BYU independent in accordance and in consonance with their particular church affiliation, Utah with the P12, Weber and USU headed in their direction.

    Schedules differ, SOS differ, etc etc as do facilities, leverage in recruiting, coaching, etc.

    Seems like it is becoming more and more difficult as time passes to compare the different species of D1 programs in Utah.

    Isn't it amazing, however, that the Blue folks who are in the midst of the ACC/SEC/MWC discussion, an internal investigation, and a history of sequential losses to the U are touting the U's recent football record.

    A bit disingenuous.

    ----- "Ye who are without sin, cast the first stone."

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 30, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    I think the 98% renewal rate again this year for season football ticket holders speaks for itself. Ute fans are very happy with the PAC 12 and the wins will eventually transpire.

    BTW, Utah beat #5 Stanford and BYU last year.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:43 a.m.

    @ sammyg

    All of that money has unquestionably raised the profile of Utah athletics. Just look at the Deseret Duel score this past year. That would have never happened 5 years ago. The new facilities are already paying off, and hopefully Utah athletics continues to grow across the board as basketball and ski get their new training centers. RES expanding will be the cherry on top of it all.

    Go Utes!

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    May 29, 2014 10:58 p.m.

    Mormon Ute
    Kaysville, UT

    "Now does anybody question why Ute fans are so happy to be in the Pac 12?"

    It sure isn't because of your winning PAC-12 football team.

    Murray, UT

    "Utah plays the equivalent of a bowl game every week of the season."

    Too bad they also lose almost every week.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 29, 2014 9:04 p.m.


    Utah plays the equivalent of a bowl game every week of the season.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 29, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    Mormon Ute

    So the money is better than 2 consecutive bowl-less seasons and three seasons of diminishing football wins.

    Yeah, I question Ute fan happiness.

    All that money and sitting at home during the holidays.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 29, 2014 6:07 p.m.


    No question Bowl games bring in more revenue. However, years ago, I heard a team had to receive about $500,000 TO Break Even! (Today I suspect it would take about $1M to make a profit!) There are other advantages but I suspect only the top 50% of the bowls would do much more than break even for the participants.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 29, 2014 6:00 p.m.


  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    May 29, 2014 5:42 p.m.


  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 29, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    Cupcakes are good for helping others become bowl eligible. More revenue.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    Now does anybody question why Ute fans are so happy to be in the Pac 12?

  • RSLfanalways Why, AZ
    May 29, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    With the increase in revenue now they can raise tuition again so that they can make even more revenue.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    May 29, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Very nice to see the cash flow improving thanks to P12 activity....

    Hopefully at least some of those dollars, a contribution, can migrate back to the University to assist with the $400M worth of maintenance needs just mentioned the other day in the SLC media.

    Good to finance the athletic department, but also good to remember to help maintain the University buildings and utilities too.

    It all contributes to improving the Utah operation! :)

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 29, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    We have an HD truck so we could have easily tripled that amount.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    May 29, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    Crazy amounts of money. Soon the TV distribution will be larger than the entire annual athletic department revenue pre-PAC12.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    It just keeps getting better and better. What a great time to be a Ute!!

    Someone...please pass me another Pac-12 sticker!

    Go Utes!!
    Go Pac-12!!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 29, 2014 6:35 a.m.

    Business Finance (as taught by U of U)

    Given 2 options:

    Option 1 - An annual income of est. $4-6 M each year for 10 years.

    Option 2 - Year 1 - $0 income; year 2 - income of $10M; year 3 - income of $15M; year 4 and beyond - $20M+ income

    Take option 2!

    (Note not all conferences share revenue equally with all members as the PAC -12 does so it might be well to see what options TCU teaches. However, I suspect, the end conclusion would be the same as at the U!

    (Note: Of all the reasons given as to why the Y is not in a major conference - the Y's demanding to keep their ESPN contract over joining a conference is the least believeable!)

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    2012-13 season was the year Utah received 50% thus the $10M. That means 2013-2014 Utah's share will be in the neighborhood of $15M (assuming no significant increase for the PAC-12. And this year, 2014-15 Utah's share will be $20M. Some events that will alter that amount will include and estimated $1M/ team for the Championship game being played at Levi Stadium, If the PAC-12 were to get a team in the championship series and a team in the Rose Bowl that would bring an additional $1-2M/team, when, or if, Direct signs on with the PAC-12 that could bring an addition several million per team, and who knows what other changes could occur. Finally, with the resurgence of Utah Basketball, Utah will probably increase its revenue by what? An additional $ .5 to 1M?
    As the late Senator Dirksen said, a million here and a million there and pretty soon you're talking real money. (Paraphrased!)
    Where's my PAC-12 sticker?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    "Wilner reported that the conference brought in $334 million. That's up from $175 million in the 2011-12."

    Larry Scott for president!

    Seriously, we're drowning in money, where do we spend it all, and the checks are just getting bigger and bigger.

    A stadium upgrade is just around the corner.

    The premier university in Utah and the ONLY university that is part of the future of college football, is the university of Utah

    Proud Ute
    Proud Pac 12 member

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 9:59 p.m.

    Does anyone know how this compares to MWC Utah state or quasi-mwc byu?


    Isn't it great that when evaluating whether Utah added enough value(money) to the Pac 10 at the time, the Pac 10 decided that yes Utah added enough value to justify our invitation, which we had to earn through on the field play and in the classroom.

    Other conferences have looked at other Utah schools and decided they do NOT add enough value to justify adding them.

    Proud Ute
    Proud Pac 12 member

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: I LOVE my pac 12 membership!

    Money basically prints on trees for us now, and it will only get better as we start sharing fully in the revenue.

    We just completed an incredible new football facility, one of the finest in the nation.

    new basketball facility is being built and will be top notch

    just announced a new 750k on campus skiing training facility

    One of the biggest issues is deciding how to spend all this money.

    The power 5 are becoming the new division I and will soon be breaking off from the NCAA control and will have even MORE money.

    The future is bright for Pac 12 Utah sports

    Proud Ute
    Proud Pac 12 members who EARNED our pac 12 invite

    I love being part of the future of college football, the only team in the state who will be included!

    Go UTES
    onward and upward