We’ve already taken a side by side look at HBCU conference revenues as we examine the facts and figures of HBCU athletics. But let’s try taking a look at a bigger picture.  The bigger picture being how the SWAC and MEAC compare to other FCS conferences and not the BCS conferences as many often make the mistake in doing.

Here are the 2008 revenue rankings for the FCS member conferences.


Rank Conference 2008 Revenues
1. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference $          5,929,689.00
2. Colonial Athletic Association $          5,323,989.00
3. Southwestern Athletic Conference $          4,859,155.00
4. Southern Conference $          4,589,318.00
5. Southland Conference $          3,642,511.00
6. Big South Conference $          3,260,046.00
7. Big Sky Conference $          3,255,085.00
8. Patriot League $          2,861,333.00
9. Northeast Conference $          2,040,563.00
10. Colonial Athletic Association Football, Inc. $              901,515.00
11. Ohio Valley Conference $              474,485.00
12 Gateway Football Conference $              393,347.00
13. Great West Conference $                38,913.00
Pioneer Football League No report found
Ivy League No report found

Source: Form 990, filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

Updated: (1/15/2010): The Colonial Athletic Association filed a separate Form 990 with the IRS under the name of “Colonial Athletic Association Football Inc.”  The report lists gross revenues totaling $901,515.

So what does this all mean?  Does it mean that the two FCS HBCU conferences can do no better?  Of course not.  There are improvements that can be made in many areas.  If nothing else this information should silence some of those who are quick to jump on the “we need to leave the SWAC (or MEAC)” bandwagon.  These numbers prove clearly that things aren’t always as green (pun intended) on the other side as we think.

Kenn Rashad
Founding Editor & Publisher of HBCU Sports and a graduate of Grambling State University.

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1 Comment

  1. Thats interesting… The top 3 I understand… then again the top 4-5…

    But damn… we complaining about SWAC revenue and look at the OVC (come on to the SWAC TSU), GFC and GWC lol

  2. […] from the HBCU conferences, and its recent post may catch some people off guard. Seems that the MEAC and SWAC are number one and number three in the top grossing FCS athletic conferences, according to 2008 taxes filed with the […]

  3. Interesting Info. However, lets not forget that HBCU athletic dept. as well as the general budget of the schools operate on very tight margins. Therefore it’s even more important that we as alumni must really support our repective alma mater’s Financially to keep them vibrant.

  4. Mr.Wendell Smith, I couldn’t agree with you more!!! That’s why we have classics also and they generate so much revenue.

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