Maryland football has spent three years in the Big Ten so far, but still remains near the cellar in terms of football revenue.
The Terps were No. 12 out of the 14 conference teams in revenue for the fiscal year of 2016, according to PennLive. That fiscal 2016 year actually stretches from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. To be clear, that actually covers the final year of Randy Edsall’s campaign and the first spring of DJ Durkin’s. In that time, only Rutgers and Purdue trailed the Terps.
Maryland made $30.9 million last fiscal year, while Michigan led the conference with $97.1 million.
It’s not a portrait of Maryland’s current state of affairs, but it’s the best picture we’ve got. Maryland won’t be getting a full payout from the Big Ten until 2021, when the Terps and Rutgers both become full financial members.
But even when it’s a full member, Maryland’s not going to move up in the Big Ten football world until it puts a better product on the field. With Durkin and Co. bringing in better recruits than Maryland’s ever had, that could be more likely than ever.
An interesting note in this report: Maryland’s football program actually made less than its basketball team in terms of net revenue. Football made more total money, but when considering operating costs, basketball was actually a more profitable sport at Maryland. Purdue was the only other school in the conference where that was true.
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This story originally said Maryland’s basketball team made more total revenue than its football team, but it actually made more net revenue than football. We’ve updated it to reflect this correction.