Da Season For Distribution: A 2012 BCS Revenue Sharing Plan

By Emmett Gill
Updated: January 3, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, (BASN)—In 2010 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl games generated $1,200,000,000 for host cities. 2010 BCS bowls also distributed $142,500,000 to participating athletic departments. The total payout for the five 2011 BCS bowls is $230,237,000. In 2011, eight BCS bowl coaches received an additional $1,864,000 because their teams are playing in a BCS bowl game. The bowl season is big, big business. Yet BCS players, the main bowl ingredient, receive $250 to $500 gift bags for their work leading up to and participation in BCS bowl games. During the holiday season BCS players cannot spend time with their families because they are generating billions for universities, coaches, and host cities.
Da’ Season For Distribution: A 2012 BCS Bowl Revenue-Sharing Plan proposes to distribute BCS bowl payouts between BCS universities and players.

The misnomer student-athlete is not used in this proposal. “Players”, with its various interpretations, is more relevant. A revenue-sharing plan acknowledges that the contributions of players lead to additional profit over expenses like contracting athletic scholarships and sustaining football operations. There are many developmental benefits to revenue-sharing, or fairness, including player’s capacity to open a bank account, manage a Christmas fund, and provide Christmas gifts for their families.

Da’ Season For Distribution: A 2012 BCS Bowl Revenue-Sharing Plan applies a framework developed in Revenue-Sharing: A Simple Cure For The Exploitation of Student-Athletes. A Simple Cure outlines necessary revenue sharing processes including base and post-season compensation plans. Ellen Staurowsky and the National Collegiate Players Association (NCPA) recently addressed a base football revenue sharing proposal in The Price of Poverty In Big Time College Sports. Da’ Season For Distribution adds to The Price by projecting BCS bowl post-season revenue sharing. Da’ Season For Distribution:
  • Documents total conference BCS bowl revenue & determines BCS team revenue share,
  • Proposes BCS athletic department & proposes BCS player revenue sharing distributions,
  • Matches top NFL teams with BCS teams & calculates NFL player percentage of payroll,
  • Develops BCS player categories & imports NFL player percentage of payroll, and
  • Calculates BCS player projected revenues.
Highest Overall Player Salary Projections
Team
Player
Position
Bowl Salary
Mountineers
Geno Smith
QB
$104,070
Hokies
Logan Thomas
QB
$98,160
Wolverines
Denard Robinson
QB
$94,846
Cardinal
Andrew Luck
QB
$90,133
Cowboys
Justin Blackmon
WR
$89,155
Crimson Tide
Dont’a Hightower
LB
$88,000
Wolverines
Junior Hemingway
WR
$86,198
Ducks
LaMichael James
RB
$83,236
Mountaineers
Najee Goode
LB
$80,003
Badgers
Russell Wilson
QB
$77,665
Tigers
Barrett Jones
OL
$76,480
Wolverines
Kenny Demens
LB
$73,978
Tigers (LSU)
Kevin Minter
LB
$73,120
Tigers (CLE)
Tajh Boyd
QB
$72,800
Ducks
Darron Thomas
QB
$71,469
Hokies
David Wilson
TB
$69,280
Cowboys
Joseph Randle
WR
$69,084
Badgers
Montee Ball
RB
$67,411
Wolverines
Mike Martin
DT
$65,894
Tigers (LSU)
Tyrann Mathieu
CB
$62,480
Badgers
Mike Taylor
LB
$62,466
Highest Salary Projections by Position
Offense
Position
Team
Player
Bowl Salary
QB
Mountaineers
Geno Smith
$104,070
RB
Ducks
LaMichael James
$83,236
FB
Tigers (CLE)
Chad Diehl
$27,040
TB
Hokies
David Wilson
$69,280
WR
Cowboys
Justin Blackmon
$89,155
WR
Wolverines
Junior Hemingway
$86,198
IR
Mountaineers
Travon Austin
$54,394
TE
Tigers (CLE)
Dwayne Allen
$61,440
LT
Crimson Tide
Barrett Jones
$76,480
OL
Crimson Tide
Chance Warmack
$38,560
C
Tigers (LSU)
P.J. Lonergan
$35,840
RT
Tigers (CLE)
Landon Walker
$60,000
RG
Ducks
Mark Asper
$23,275
Defense
Position
Team
Player
Bowl Salary
SS
Badgers
Shelton Johnson
$51,922
FS
Hokies
Antone Exum
$59,600
LCB
Wolverines
J.T Floyd
$47,000
RCB
Tigers (LSU)
Tyrann Mathieu
$58,480
WLB
Crimson Tide
Dont’a Hightower
$88,000
MLB
Wolverines
Kenny Demens
$73,978
WLB
Mountaineers
Najee Goode
$80,003
DT
Wolverines
Mike Martin
$65,894
DT
Cardinal
Terrence Stepens
$33,822
DE
Wolverines
Ryan Van Bergen
$61,382
DE
Cardinal
Matthew Masifilo
$57,004
NG
Mountaineers
Jorge Wright
$48,697
Special Teams
Position
Team
Player
Bowl Salary
K
Cowboys
Quiton Sharp
$7,272