Big Ten Network reportedly had $79.2 million profit in 2011


Nearly every Big Ten schools can be found among college sports’ biggest revenue producers. Makes sense when one sees what kind of money the Big Ten Network generates.

Per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the five-year-old TV network had $242 million in revenue for 2011. That figure is courtesy of SNL Kagan, which analyzes the media and communications industry. Since the network’s first full year in 2008, revenue has grown 46 percent.

And with expenses growing at a lower rate, the conference had a profit of $79.2 million. Each school will get about $7 million.

No wonder the SEC wants to start its own conference-wide network and the Pac-12’s is set to launch this fall. Nothing like the rich getting richer.

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Report: Four-star center reclassifying to 2015; down to three

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An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.

The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.

But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.