- The yearly payout of each television contract, and
- The number of subscribers for each cable network (as of October 2015, according to Nielsen).
The formula for determining yearly revenue of a cable network is Subscriber Fee X Number of Homes X 12. Here’s the table we currently use to determine how much money each cable network earns every year:
|Network||Subscriber Fee (monthly)||Number of homes (thousands)||Annual Revenue (millions)|
|Fox Sports 1||$0.99||84,434||$1,003|
|Fox Sports 2||$0.28||47,827||$161|
|NBC Sports Network||$0.30||83,623||$301|
|CBS Sports Network||$0.26||61,000||$190|
|BeIN Sport USA||$0.10||18,793||$22|
|Big Ten Network||$0.39*||79,250||$371|
Sources: SNL Kagan via Clay Travis, Nielsen via TV By The Numbers and Sports Business Journal
* – Numbers for Big Ten Network and SEC Network are estimated based on homes inside and outside of conference territories. Homes within Big Ten states, including New York and Maryland, pay $1.00/month for BTN. Homes within SEC states pay $1.30/month for SECN.
Of course, the total revenue only matters in terms of how much a network can spend. The equation in the web app only considers the number of homes (i.e., the number of paying subscribers) each network has. We then divide the dollar amount of each contract by the number of subscribers a network has. That’s the share of your cable bill that goes to each pro league and college conference.
Here’s the latest data we have on contracts the networks have with various leagues and conferences. These numbers apply to the current or upcoming seasons for each league, and they will be updated as new seasons begin.
|League||Network||Yearly Payment (Millions)||Contract Expires|
|BCS / CFP||ESPN||$610||2026|
|NCAA||CBS* / Turner||$771||2022|
|Big Ten||Big Ten Network||$112||2032|
|Big Ten||Fox Sports||$24||2016|
|Big 12||Fox Sports||$90||2025|
|Big East||Fox Sports||$42||2026|
|Conference USA||CBS Sports Network||$7||2016|
|Conference USA||Fox Sports||$7||2016|
|Mountain West||CBS Sports Network||$12||2020|
* – CBS’ deals with the NCAA, Big Ten, and SEC are for its broadcast network, not its cable channel.
+ – Pac-12 numbers are for 2014-15 season only and will escalate based on this table.
We are always looking for updated information to improve our app. At the moment, here are some specific items we’re seeking:
- Payout information for the Pac-12 Network. (i.e., the amount of its income that actually goes to the schools.)
- Accurate numbers on Fox Sports’ deals with UEFA for the U.S. TV rights for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
- Data on BeIN Sport USA: Terms of their deals with La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, etc.
If you have information on any of these items, or if you have updated information on carriage fees and subscribers for any network, feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.