By the numbers: College football royalties

University of Kentucky's football stadium. Photo courtesy Navin75.

University of Kentucky's football stadium. Photo courtesy Navin75.

The college football season is finally over, and it ended with yet another Alabama National Championship. But off the field, it was a year of turmoil. A Southeastern Conference (SEC) team (Missouri) went on strike over debates about race on campus. Northwestern’s football team tried to unionize but was rebuffed. And LSU considered paying a $15 million contract buyout to fire a coach. Looming behind much of that turmoil were a familiar set of questions about college football: how much money it really makes money for schools, and who sees that money; what players get and don’t get by way of education and opportunity after they graduate—and whether they should be paid; and what football costs universities, financially and otherwise. There are few clear-cut answers. We zoom in on the SEC, college football’s richest and most powerful conference, by the numbers.