When this decade began and the conference realignment fever was sweeping the nation, a school raking in $20 million a year from its conference distribution was seen as riches beyond comprehension. Twenty million dollars a year, before you sell a single football ticket or take in a single donation, who can imagine it?

A decade later, we all can imagine it. In fact, the lowest of the Power 5 conference is now taking in $30 million a year and asking themselves why it isn’t more.

The ACC released its most recent financial figures, giving us a full picture of the Power 5 conferences for Fiscal Year 2018. According to documents obtained by Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, here are the top-end distributions from each Power 5 league.

  1. Big Ten — $54 million
  2. SEC — $43.7 million
  3. Big 12 — $34.7 million
  4. ACC/Pac-12 — $29.5 million

Add it all up and you get this.

Compare the 2018 figures with those from just four years prior.

The Big 12’s $34.7 million does not include third-tier rights such as the Longhorn Network, and the ACC is set to rise dramatically with the launch of ACC Network in August. All of this explains why the Pac-12 is looking to sell an equity stake in itself.

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.