SEC distributed on average close to $41 million in revenue to schools in 2016-17

The SEC distributed about $596.9 million in revenue for the 2016-17 fiscal year, with an average payout of $40.9 million for each of its 14 member schools.

That’s up slightly from the previous fiscal year (2015-16) when the league handed out $584.2 million and an average of $40.4 million per school.

The average payout per school doesn’t include revenue from bowl participation.

The revenue comes from a variety of sources, including television contracts, bowl games, the College Football Playoff, the SEC football championship, SEC Men’s basketball tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

“This distribution from the SEC is instrumental to our universities’ athletics programs ability to provide the highest possible level of support for the thousands of student-athletes who participate annually in nearly two dozen conference sports,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “This commitment to excellence encompasses superior support in coaching, equipment, training, academic counseling, medical care and life-skills development for our student-athletes.”

According to the league, the SEC distributed $573.8 million from the conference offices as well as $23.1 million retained by institutions that participated in bowl games in order to offset travel and other expenses.

The SEC continues to lead Power 5 conferences in average revenue distribution to its member schools.

The Big Ten was second last season with an average of $34.8 million per school, followed by the Big 12 ($34.5M), Pac-12 ($24.7M) and ACC ($23.8M).

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