Texas A&M football was recently ranked as the top revenue generating program in a list compiled by Forbes. It also makes the most profit.
It’s no secret the kind of effect Johnny Manziel and the move to the SEC had on the Texas A&M football program. The fact those two things happened in conjunction with one another was a perfect storm that elevated the program to new fiscal heights, the benefits of which were $485 million renovations to Kyle Field and sparkly new athletic facilities that include a barber shop, TVs above every locker, and other luxuries.
The recruiting effect was palpable. Kevin Sumlin brought in a Top 5 class in 2014 on the heels of Johnny Football’s career and routinely put together Top 10 classes until the last couple of seasons, though his classes never fell outside the Top 20. As it happens, these top notch facilities didn’t only serve to recruit players — they played a major role in winning over Jimbo Fisher.
Fisher has used his reputation, being the only Texas school in the SEC and these first-rate facilities to start building a contender. The hype around the program is perhaps at an all-time high. This all contributes to the fact A&M was the highest earning and most profitable football program in the country in 2018.
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According to Forbes:
"“No team comes close to matching the Aggies in either revenues or profits, a remarkable achievement that’s largely the result of fundraising efforts that helped fund a $485 million renovation of Kyle Field, among other athletic construction projects.”"
Texas A&M sits in first place in both revenue and profit by a mile. The school over in Austin is No. 2. The article reports A&M’s revenues as $148 million with $107 million in profit, with our rivals coming in second with $133 million and $87 million in profit.
The solo ESPN network for our rivals and revenue sharing were major reasons we left for the SEC and it is having tremendously positive results for the athletic department. This trend can only be expected to continue if Fisher starts consistently competing for SEC and National Championships. A tall order in our conference, but a goal many expect him to reach.