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College Football's Most Valuable Teams: Texas A&M Jumps To No. 1

College Football's Most Valuable Teams: Texas A&M Jumps To No. 1
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Dec 27, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) walks off the field following the game against the Boston College Eagles in the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Hackenberg was named the games Most Valuable Player. Penn State defeated Boston College 31-30 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

For years, the Texas Longhorns have been hailed as college footballa€™s ultimate cash cow. In 2011, Texas was the first college football team ever to record $100 million in revenue. In 2014, the team generated more in profit a€“ $92 million a€“ than all but two teams made that yearA in revenue.

But therea€™s a new No. 1, and you dona€™t even have to leave the state to find them: Texas A&M is now college football's most valuable program.

Across the three years prior to last season, Texas A&M averaged annual revenues of $148 million, the most of any program in the nation. That not only tops the Longhorns; it leaves them in the dust. Over the same time period, Texas football averaged $133 million in revenue, making the Longhorns a distant second.

It's beenA widely reportedA that the Aggies closed the gap with the cross-state rival Longhorns because of a vast increase in contributions. And indeed, from 2014 through the 2016-17 season, the Texas A&M athletic department earned $260 million in contributions, nearly double what any other school made in that time. For reference, in those years, Texas had total athletic contributions of $123 million; Florida, which ranks second in the category, totaled contributions of $138 million. Texas A&M, meanwhile, allocated $119 million of its total contributions just to the football team.

Texas A&M's rise to the top isn't just from alumni contributions, though. The team ranks third in ticket revenue, averaging some $41 million per year, and it's sixth in money from royalties and licensing. And the 2012 move to the SEC certainly hasna€™t hurt a€“ the conferencea€™s most recent revenue distribution wasA $41 millionA per member school while Big 12 programs each received justA $34 millionA from their conference.

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