...as far as how the program is valued. (On-the-field results may vary, to say the least.)
Closing in on Texas this year is Notre Dame, once again at No. 2 with a value of $122 million, up from $117 million last year. In 2013 the school negotiated an extension with NBC for its unique TV deal, thought to be worth close to $20 million annually. It now runs through 2025. And though the Irish lost one of the best agreements in sports when the BCS evaporated, taking with it an annual payout of $1.9 million, the team replaced it with another great deal: The new college football playoff will pay the team an annual distribution of $2.3 million. For some context, consider that college football’s three other independent teams have to share less than $1 million.
The top five are rounded out by Michigan (worth $117 million), Alabama ($107 million) and LSU ($103 million). The SEC has a commanding position as usual, with five of the top ten teams.