In today’s edition of Amateur Sports Chronicles, we learn that the Big Ten raked in three quarters of a billion dollars in fiscal year 2018.

Wait, actually that’s not correct. The actual amount was $759 million.

The $759 million figure “far exceeds” any comparable revenue from the Big Ten’s peer conferences, and represents a 48 percent jump from the $513 million the Big Ten earned in 2017, according to USA Today.

The SEC took in $660 million over the same span, while the Big 12 made $374 million in 2018.

The Big Ten’s twelve longest standing members received roughly $54 million from the conference office, which is: A) more than $10 million more than the SEC distributed to its member schools in 2018, and B) more than 80 percent of Division I athletics departments earned in total revenue in 2018. That’s before Big Ten schools sold a single football ticket or took in a single donation.

For orchestrating that windfall, commissioner Jim Delany earned a total compensation package of $5.45 million in 2017, the most recent year on record.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.

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