Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

SEC's lucrative TV deal helps Florida athletics boost budget

GAINESVILLE — Aided by the SEC's lucrative multiyear television contract, the University Athletic Association board of directors on Monday approved a 2009-10 athletic budget for Florida that is expected to increase by 7 percent from last season.

The budget, which shows estimated expenditures of just more than $89 million and an estimated revenue of $90.7 million, did not include a raise for Florida football coach Urban Meyer. But UF athletic director Jeremy Foley and several board members said Meyer most likely will get a raise in the near future. Meyer, who has won two national championships in three seasons, makes about $3.2 million per year.

"I'm not trying to be flippant, but when what's done is done, then we can talk about it," Foley said, adding the UAA will determine the timing of that. "I don't like to talk about things that are not finalized."

While many schools are struggling financially, Florida's athletic budget increased despite the department's $6 million donation to the university.

Florida cut 10 percent in discretionary funding from every department, about $1.3 million. But spending in essential areas increased, including $400,000 for lacrosse team expenses, a $1.6 million increase in athletic scholarships due to tuition/room and board increases and $2.7 million in capital projects.

The SEC's 15-year deal with ESPN and CBS will provide the league with more than $3 billion. Florida received $8.6 million from the SEC last year from bowl revenue, TV contracts and championship profits. The UAA budget for next year anticipates that amount will increase to $13.5 million. The television contracts will give Florida an extra $6.2 million, while its IMG/Fox deal is worth about $2 million.

Florida president Bernie Machen, who called the TV deal "the envy of every conference in the country," praised the "symbiotic relationship" between academics and athletics at UF.

"I took $6 million out of their budget after their 10 percent cut, and that's money that's going to help solve our budget problems," said Machen, who has had to cut the university's budget by $42.2 million. "Most universities are not in a relationship with athletics like we are. We went around the table at the SEC (meetings in Destin) and no other school is doing even half as much as we're doing. So it's really nice to have a program that is willing and is able to do the kind of things that ours is doing."

Antonya English can be reached at or (813) 226-3389.

SEC's lucrative TV deal helps Florida athletics boost budget 06/22/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 22, 2009 11:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tiger Woods says medication, not alcohol, led to DUI arrest in Florida

    Public Safety

    Players arriving for a tournament this week at Muirfield Village might notice a framed picture of Tiger Woods with a resplendent smile and bright red shirt. He's posed there with the trophy, an image that embodies the excitement he once brought to golf.

    This image provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 29, 2017, shows Tiger Woods. Police in Florida say Tiger Woods was been arrested for DUI.  [Palm Beach County Sheriff's office via AP]
  2. Four key games that could decide Bucs' success in 2017


    The Bucs finished so close to making the playoffs in 2016 -- literally flip-flop the last two results and have them beat the Saints and lose to the Panthers and they're in as a wild card with the same 9-7 record -- that it's difficult to say with any certainty what will happen in the 2017 season.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, shown celebrating a touchdown against the Giants in 2015, will face New York again this fall in Week 4 in Tampa.
  3. Frank Deford wrote with sincerity, giving depth to complicated sports figures

    Human Interest

    Frank Deford practically invented the notion of multimedia: He exported his voice to radio, TV and film, and if you didn't know him you might have thought he was an actor, because he wore purple suits and looked like Clark Gable. But Frank, who died Sunday at age 78, was a writer above all things, and an important …

    In a 1991 photo, Frank Deford holds a proof of The National Sports Daily, of which he was editor and publisher [Associated Press]
  4. Clarity coming this week on Florida Gators, Malik Zaire


    After months of speculation, we could finally get some clarity this week on the Florida Gators and graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire.

    SEC flags outside the hotel of last year's spring meetings in Destin. This year's meetings could have a huge impact on the Florida Gators' season.
  5. Jose De Leon sent back to minors after helping Rays win


    RHP Jose De Leon worked 2 2/3 innings to get the win in his Rays debut Monday and then was optioned back to Triple-A Durham.

    De Leon was brought up to provide length and depth in the bullpen after the Rays played 15 innings on Sunday, and he did that, allowing three runs on four hits while throwing 69 …