Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Texas A&M most valuable football program, Ducks 12th, according to Forbes

Texas A&M most valuable football program, Ducks 12th, according to Forbes

Particularly when it comes to sports. The top programs are known for bringing in serious revenue every single year.

Forbes released its annual ranking of college football's most valuable programs on Tuesday, and there was a changing of the guard at the top: the University of Texas has been replaced by Texas A&M.

Texas A&M came in at No. 1 on the list, with a revenue of $184 million and profit of $107 million. On average, that's $20 million more in profit than UT made over the same time frame, and $15 million more in revenue.

Michigan, Alabama and Ohio State rounded out the remaining the spots in the top-five. The report says across the three years prior to last season, Texas A&M averaged annual revenues of $148 million, the most of any program in the nation. The school is also paying Texas A&M is paying Kevin Sumlin $10.4 million, the amount that remained on his guaranteed contract when he was sacked on November 26.

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Though this is the first ranking from the magazine since 2015, UT has always been atop Forbes's list.

In June 2018, Forbes reported that contributions related to Texas A&M's move to the SEC and contributions for massive renovations and expansion of Kyle Field contributed heavily to its climb up the fiscal ladder. The football program also earned $31 million from licensing, royalties and advertising deals.

This is the first time Forbes has ranked college football teams since 2015, and this year we've taken a different approach to the endeavor.

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