As if Mizzou fans need any more reason to laugh at their success since escaping the oppressive shadow of Texas ruled Big 12:
Indeed, the biggest irony of the Longhorn Network is this -- in deciding to create its own channel Texas made much more money for two Big 12 schools who left for the SEC, Texas A&M and Missouri, than it's going to make for itself. That's because both Texas A&M and Missouri stand to make much more money off the SEC Network than Texas will ever make off the Longhorn Network. Nebraska, in the Big Ten, will also be making more television money than Texas.
And here's the craziest fact of all -- if the Longhorn Network hadn't existed then the SEC Network wouldn't have existed either. Without Texas A&M leaving for the SEC the SEC's own network wasn't lucrative enough to undertake. It was the eight million cable and satellite subscribers in Texas that made the SEC Network financially viable. Here's some simple math for you -- every major cable and satellite subscriber in Texas pays around $16.80 a year for the SEC Network. Every major cable and satellite subscriber in Texas -- except for those with Comcast which doesn't carry it -- pays $3.48 for the Longhorn Network. So right now in Texas, the only state paying more than a quarter a year for the Longhorn Network, the SEC Network makes nearly five times as much every month.
The Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and Pac-12 are the country’s best and most successful college leagues, and it is no coincidence that they also have strong commissioners with the trust of their presidents, athletic directors and coaches.
Mike Slive (at least until his retirement), Jim Delany and Larry Scott lead those leagues. Not the Alabama football coach, the Michigan athletic director or the Oregon president.
Mizzou has already begun to see the profits of the SEC Network. Whenever I google Mizzou+SEC+money, these are the kind of results I find:
The Southeastern Conference will evenly distribute a record $289.4 million in revenue, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Friday, resulting in a payday of $20.7 million for Missouri and the league’s other 13 members.
Missouri’s move from the Big 12 to the SEC appears to have paid off, literally. For the first time since 2009, Missouri recorded a fiscal surplus in athletics, and football was a big factor in that. The Kansas City Star reports the University of Missouri reported a 50 percent increase in operating revenue to the NCAA, with a total of $76.3 million reported in 2013 compared to $50.7 million in 2012. That number could look better next year after Missouri recorded a school record for football revenue in 2013, with a revenue of $31.9 million and a surplus of $14.5 million reported.
"Long story short, when we first started talking about the network, they said we’d probably realize a benefit in Year 3," Tanner told the BOT. "Obviously it’s been more successful than that. This summer we’ll receive a distribution (and) I think it will be at least $5 million. I’d like to think that’s on the conservative side. Each school will receive a $5 million gain."
Pinkel will see an increase in his guaranteed salary to $4,020,000 per year, up from the previous $3,200,000 figure.
"We’re going to have good years again," Dodds promised. "Our bad years are not that bad. Take a school like Missouri. Our bad years are better than their good years. But we’ve created a standard."