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The 25 Schools That Make The Most Money In College Sports

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For many schools, sports are now generating more than $100 million annually. Much of that money is from the ever-growing revenue generated by conferences through television deals.On the next few pages we will take a look at the 25 athletic departments that generated the most revenue during the 2011-12 school year.

And it is easy to see why schools are fighting over invitations to the Big 10 and the SEC. Of the 25 schools on this list, 16 are from one of those two power conferences.

 (data via AL.com and Business of College Sports).

#25 Florida State — $81.4 million

Conference: ACC

2010-11 Revenue: $86.9 million

2011-12 Revenue: $81.4 million

per cent Change: -6.3%

#24 Nebraska — $81.6 million

Conference: Big 10

2010-11 Revenue: $83.7 million

2011-12 Revenue: $81.6 million

per cent Change: -2.5%

#23 Washington — $82.6 million

Conference: Pac-12

2010-11 Revenue: $70.2 million

2011-12 Revenue: $82.6 million

per cent Change: +17.7%

#22 Minnesota — $83.6 million

Conference: Big 10

2010-11 Revenue: $78.9 million

2011-12 Revenue: $83.6 million

per cent Change: +6.0%

#20t USC — $84.1 million

Conference: Pac-12

2010-11 Revenue: $75.7 million

2011-12 Revenue: $84.1 million

per cent Change: +11.1%

#20t Oklahoma State — $84.1 million

Conference: Big 12

2010-11 Revenue: $70.1 million

2011-12 Revenue: $84.1 million

per cent Change: +20.0%

#19 Kentucky — $85.6 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $84.9 million

2011-12 Revenue: $85.6 million

per cent Change: +0.8%

#18 South Carolina — $87.6 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $83.7 million

2011-12 Revenue: $87.6 million

per cent Change: +4.7%

#17 Louisville — $87.8 million

Conference: Big East

2010-11 Revenue: $87.7 million

2011-12 Revenue: $87.8 million

per cent Change: +0.1%

#16 Stanford — $89.1 million

Conference: Pac-12

2010-11 Revenue: $81.1 million

2011-12 Revenue: $89.1 million

per cent Change: +9.9%

#15 Georgia — $91.7 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $92.3 million

2011-12 Revenue: $91.7 million

per cent Change: -0.7%

#14 Notre Dame — $97.1 million

Conference: Big East (Football is independent)

2010-11 Revenue: $94.5 million

2011-12 Revenue: $97.1 million

per cent Change: +2.8%

#13 Iowa — $97.4 million

Conference: Big 10

2010-11 Revenue: $92.9 million

2011-12 Revenue: $97.4 million

per cent Change: +4.8%

#12 Arkansas — $99.8 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $91.8 million

2011-12 Revenue: $99.8 million

per cent Change: +8.7%

#11 Wisconsin — $101.5 million

Conference: Big 10

2010-11 Revenue: $93.6 million

2011-12 Revenue: $101.5 million

per cent Change: +8.4%

#10 Tennessee — $105.9 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $102.5 million

2011-12 Revenue: $105.9 million

per cent Change: +3.3%

#9 Auburn — $106 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $104.0 million

2011-12 Revenue: $106.0 million

per cent Change: +1.9%

#8 Oklahoma — $106.5 million

Conference: Big 12

2010-11 Revenue: $104.3 million

2011-12 Revenue: $106.5 million

per cent Change: +2.1%

#7 Penn State — $108.3 million

Conference: Big 10

2010-11 Revenue: $116.1 million

2011-12 Revenue: $108.3 million

per cent Change: -6.7%

#6 LSU — $114 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $106.4 million

2011-12 Revenue: $114.0 million

per cent Change: +7.1%

#5 Florida — $120.3 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $123.0 million

2011-12 Revenue: $120.3 million

per cent Change: -2.2%

#4 Alabama — $124.1 million

Conference: SEC

2010-11 Revenue: $123.9 million

2011-12 Revenue: $124.1 million

per cent Change: +0.2%

#3 Michigan — $128.8 million

Conference: Big 10

2010-11 Revenue: $122.5 million

2011-12 Revenue: $128.8 million

per cent Change: +5.1%

#2 Ohio State — $142 million

Conference: Big 10

2010-11 Revenue: $131.8 million

2011-12 Revenue: $142.0 million

per cent Change: +7.7%

#1 Texas — $163.3 million

Conference: Big 12

2010-11 Revenue: $150.3 million

2011-12 Revenue: $163.3 million

per cent Change: +8.6%

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