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The Reason Why Expansion Makes Sense

Saw this today on Jon Wilner's blog today about the SEC's revenue from this past year:

Total: $209 million.

According to the league, that’s the highest total in SEC history and represents a 57.7 percent increase from the $132.5 million distributed in 2008-2009.

Average per school: $17.3 million.

That’s about double (maybe a bit more than double) what the Pac-10 distributes to its schools and does not include what the schools generate from their local media deals.

At the end of the day, this is why the Pac-10 needs to expand.  If Pac-10 schools want to stay relevant (a/k/a competitive) on the national scene, they have to find a lot more revenue to keep up with the SEC and the Big 10.  Let's face it, at the end of the day running a successful athletics department costs money.  Coaches' salaries and athletic facilities don't come cheaply.  Outside of that other school across town, none of the Pac-10 has private revenue streams that can keep enough money coming into our programs to stay competitive.  That is why I'm excited about the talk coming out of the Pac-10 about their aggressive proposal to bring in 6 high quality programs from the Big 12.  That is the type of thinking that will keep our schools competitive with the big boys back east.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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