Observing Forbes Magazine published data most recently, 7 of the top ten MOST VALUABLE PROGRAMS in Football are in the SEC. By the way Cutter, Arkansas (10th) & So. Carolina (17th) are both in the top 20, Mizzou & even A&M, are not as of last year. Texas, Michigan, & Notre Dame are 1, 2, 3.http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/ ... ble-teams/
The B1G12 has Texas (1) and Oklahoma (12). No ACC teams are in the top 20. The B1G has 6. The PAC12 has 3, none in the top ten. SEC total 8.
Financial data is from the 2011-12 fiscal year, from each school's report to the U. S. Dept. of Education. Forbes used a weighted scoring system to measure the value created in 4 areas: fb profit contributed to academic programming including fb scholarships; value to its athletic department & profits that supports other athletics initiatives; value to the conference (distribution of bowl game revenues; and value to the surrounding community (estimated spending by visitors on days of home games).
Texas has a yearly worth of 133 million; OU 80 million. Per the SEC ever pursuing further expansion, Texas & OU should be at the top of the list if the opportunity would show itself. That's not saying Texas and the SEC shall bridge certain past differences; and Texas is the top financial kingpin as a B12 member. But if Texas &/or OU did switch conferences, it would make sense for them to connect with their closest financial moneymakers, the SEC. It could be argued (LHN aside), Texas and OU could be even more profitable in the SEC.
I am not dismissing the SEC would take a strong look at the ACC (UNC, UVA, FSU, etc.) if further expansion gets in high gear. Politics, financial initiatives, geography, and timing shape so much of this. And, as SEC past practice, new additions are done from targeted schools that leave their old conference first, and clarified departure times and financial obligations, before a formal invitation is extended. That is a procedural point that does impact choices.
Most Valuable Programs
1. TX, 2. Mich., 3. ND, 4. LSU, 5. UGA, 6. 'Bama, 7. UF, 8. Auburn, 9. Tenn., 10. Arkansas, 11. Nebraska, 12. Okla., 13. Penn St., 14. Wisconsin, 15. Oregon, 16. So. Cal., 17. So. Car., 18. Wash., 19. Mich. St., 20. Ohio St. (Forbes).
One can ask how could a school such as Arkansas show more value than, say, Ohio State? Well, Arkansas shows a 40 million profit to OSU's 24 million. Being in the SEC certainly elevates all their schools. Texas & OU carry the B12 and they would want to keep that tandem.
If we're talking super-conferences and balance, well......
While this data is not the only measure of worth for TV and related assets, it is an indicator, as to fb specifically. And conference shifts do impact a school's value.
If other sports were factored in such as basketball and baseball, certainly such rankings would have a few shifts, here and there. However, fb is driving most of the expansions/re-alignments, and fb is cited as the prime driver for showing profits.