With all the talk of the aTm Aggies coming to the SEC, I figured it would be a good time to compare aTm to their older sisters, the UTsw Shorthorns, and their potential brothers in SEC. First, here are the most valuable teams in NCAA football as reported by Business Pundit in February of 2010, along with the school’s total endowment and a few other statistics:
|value||profit||endowment||titles||W/L %||bowl %||Stadium seating||Undergrad population|
|1 Texas Longhorns||$119M||$59M||$14.1B||4||71.7%||54.1%||100,119||38,168|
|2 Notre Dame Drunken Irish||$108M||$38M||$6.8B||11||73.3%||50.0%||80,795||8,371|
|3 Penn State Joe Paterno Lions||$99M||$50M||$1.5B||7||69.0%||67.5%||107,282||38,594|
|4 Nebraska Cornhuskers||$93M||$49M||$1.14B||5||70.2%||51.1%||81,067||18,955|
|5 Alabama Crimson Tide||$90M||$45M||$515M||13||70.7%||60.0%||101,821||24,884.00|
|6 Florida Gators||$88M||$41M||$1.1B||3||63.1%||50.0%||88,548||32,064|
|7 LSU Tigas||$68M||$39M||$554M||3||64.3%||54.8%||92,542||23,686|
|8 The Ohio State Suckeyes||$85M||$40M||$1.87B||7||71.6%||45.2%||102,329||38,479|
|9 Georgia Leghumpers||$84M||$45M||$572M||2||64.6%||61.9%||92,746||34,885|
|10 Oklahoma Sooners||$83M||$40M||$968M||7||71.7%||60.5%||82,112||20,892|
|NR aTm Aggies||$41M||$25M||$5B||1||59.9%||41.9%||83,002||36,952|
|NR FSU Criminoles||~$20M||$2M||$453M||2||67.1%||60.0%||82,300||31,005|
Note that five of the twelve most valuable football teams are from the SEC, even though only one of them breaks the $1B barrier in the school endowment. Observation: even though the SEC is poor, they make sure to turn a profit in football.
Texas is in good shape as the most profitable and richest football program, and probably will not miss Texas A & M. Texas A & M seems to fit right into the SEC in terms of profit, value, and size and should be a welcome addition to the SEC.