Blog article out of Badger country discussing the BTN.Comments by BTN President Silverman who says the network is available in about 70 million homes and produces an annual rights fee of $70 million plus a percentage of any profits after Fox recoups it's initial investments.I am estimating that the total Big Ten per school 2008-2009 tv payout will be in excess of $14 million.That compares to about $6 million per ACC school and about $5.5 million per SEC school.Of course the SEC number for 2009-2010 will greatly increase with their new tv deals.
According to independent analysts at SNL Kagan the BTN should grow to more than 60 million subscribers by 2013 with an estimated cash flow of $112 million.Silverman said "he hopes to double the profitability of the network next year".
This should be an interesting story to follow.
As the BTN becomes more successful perhaps that will cause the ACC to develop their own network?Time will tell.
Link at http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/40560627.html
Note that other articles(previously posted in this thread) have pegged the current sub numbers for the BTN at about 43 million, CBS College Sports at about 32 million, and ESPNU at about 28 million.