It seems conferences are setting new revenue records left and right. Enter the Mountain West Conference, perhaps the most stable of the Group of Five conferences. The conference is set to distribute $47 million to its members. Of course, not every school will get an even slice of the Mountain West Conference pie.
The Idaho Statesman reports Boise State will be receiving $5.3 million of the revenue distribution, more than any other member of the conference. In addition, Boise State will also receive another $4 million after appearing in the Fiesta Bowl, which is a nice way to follow up another Fiesta Bowl victory by the Broncos (its third all-time victory in the game). This shows just how important and rewarding it can be for a Group of Five school to reach the New Years Six line-up under the new College Football Playoff format. To the victors go the spoils.
The $47 million in revenue for the MWC is a nice increase from the conference’s $29 million a year ago. Having a team play in a New Years Six bowl has its perks, and the first year of the College Football Playoff helped with the jump in revenue. Boise State also has a unique advantage in the conference after getting some concessions to go their way when the school decided to stay within the conference rather than jump to the Big East, which crumbled and made way for the American Athletic Association.
How much of the revenue is split between the other members of the conference has yet to be confirmed, although The Idaho Statesman also reports Fresno State is receiving $4.9 million after appearing in the conference championship game, and Nevada and Utah State are receiving an estimated $4 million.