He said the athletic department will have spent about $125 million in construction costs after the softball stadium opens in 2015.
The increase in distributions from the Big Ten allowed Burke to accelerate facility upgrades, build reserves that help with major maintenance projects and establish a fund for the debt service.
“You couldn’t have undertaken Mackey if you only raised $33 million in private giving,” he said.
“We would’ve been on the drawing board and not out to harbor with Mackey, let alone the other projects we’ve been able to accomplish.
To me, it came at the right time.” Purdue’s athletic department doesn’t keep all of its revenue.
A percentage is sent to the university for annual administrative overhead in addition to transfers.
In 2012-13, that figure was $3.66 million.
The athletic department also is transferring $12 million over six years to fund the new Center for Student Excellence and Leadership, an agreement forged by former President France A. Córdova.
The athletic department has sent nearly $1.7 million to date.
Indiana has made similar facility upgrades.
New baseball and softball stadiums that cost nearly $20 million opened last school year.
“We’ve made investments in those facilities,” Glass, the AD, said, “and frankly, we’ve made the investments in our people, too, in our coaching staff, that would not be possible without the Big Ten Network.” In 2012, the network – which is owned by the league and Fox Cable Networks – generated a profit share for the first time, meaning all startup costs had been recouped.
Those shares were scheduled to be distributed to conference members, but Burke said the league is shifting the money elsewhere for now.
“Turns out they’re going to need that money in the short term for Maryland and Rutgers,” he said.
“That money got embargoed.” The network will continue to grow, especially with Maryland and Rutgers pulling in more of the populated East Coast market.
That means more money for conference members, especially with a new television contract on the horizon during 2017-18.
In 2006, the Big Ten signed a 10-year, $1 billion deal with CBS and ABC/ESPN for firsttier rights and a separate 25- year agreement with BTN.
The Big Ten’s deal with Fox to broadcast the football championship game started in 2011and ends in 2015.
Projections are just that, but the aforementioned $35 million per-school figure may pale in comparison to what each school will receive once the league’s next television contract is finalized.
“The ‘16-’17 year is an important mark because that coincides with the end of our current television agreement with CBS, Fox and ESPN,” Traviolia said.
“Those numbers are very accurate, and we wouldn’t expect any significant variance from those.
Going forward, how we do in the next round of television negotiations will determine where those numbers go.”
D5 – Cat. 13
The Herald-Times (Bloomington)
The primary symptom of rare seasonal malady Indianensis Augustitis, if regular readers will recall, is irrational optimism regarding Indiana football.
Symptoms normally peak during late summer weeks.
My brother-in-law Mark, as the phrase goes, “has got it bad.” He’s the guy who just emailed me a bird’s-eye photo of an empty Rose Bowl stadium with this accompanying message: “Just imagine a big red & white INDIANA painted across the end zone!” One can imagine it.
Especially if exposed to hallucinogens.
Not that crazier notions haven’t afflicted long-suffering humankind.
I mean, at one point, somebody actually thought people would pay over a buck apiece for little bottles of water.
Of water! You know, the stuff that comes out of the tap for free! Oh, wait … Anyhow, it seems Mark needs treatment.
But the only known cure is to have sufferers watch Indiana football seasons unfold.
Normally at some juncture, often early in a given campaign, the fever breaks.
So to speak.
How early might Mark be cured this fall? Well, let’s just see, shall we?
• Indiana State, Aug. 29: The Trees played IU within a TD at Memorial Stadium last fall and return terrific tailback Shakir Bell, who gouged the Hoosiers for 192 yards in 24 carries.
And season openers are always potentially squirrelly.
However, ISU is breaking in a new coaching staff and this is an improved Hoosier club.
The hosts win and, since the game is on a Thursday night, have a couple of extra days to prepare for …
• Navy, Sept. 7: The Hoosiers should have won at Annapolis last October, leading by nine with six minutes left.
IU has done plenty of prep work for Navy’s unusual “flexbone” offense over the past couple of years.
And Indiana will have made the customary leap any club has from its opener to its second game, while this is the Middies’ opener.
IU will dedicate the prow of the U.S.S.
Indiana as a permanent fixture at Memorial Stadium.
And the Hoosiers will properly honor the Navy with ceremonial salutes.
Then torpedo its football team.
• Bowling Green, Sept. 15: The Falcons are a popular pick to win the Mid-American Conference East.
And these Hoosiers need no reminders about how potent good MAC teams are, having been burned three straight times by Ball State – including a dramatic 41-39 game last season in which BSU made a series of heroic plays down the stretch and the Hoosiers, quite frankly, got hosed by the refs.
Expect IU to extract a measure of revenge against one of Ball State’s brethren in a close one.
• Missouri, Sept. 21: Mizzou lost a stud tailback to a knee injury before its first SEC season began last fall, and quarterback James Franklin played hurt as the Tigers finished 5-7.
This is a talented club, well-coached by Gary Pinkel, and has had its “Southern Baptism” of football fire.
But this marks the Tigers’ first road trip after a couple of easy home dates and they’re not quite fully ready for the Hoosiers.
IU ekes out a nip and tuck win in a shootout, then has two weeks to prepare for the Big Ten opener …
• Penn State, Oct. 5: The Hoosiers are 0-for-forever against the Nittanys, having failed to make Happy Valley unhappy 16 straight times.
PSU’s Bill O’Brien earned 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in his league debut.
And his front-line starters are formidable.
But the scandal-related scholarship reductions start to bite this fall, and he has to hope the injury bug doesn’t bite any further.
He’ll have a rookie quarterback at the helm.
Indiana will have a full house awaiting, buoyed by the 4-0 start and with two weeks to get pumped.
The Rock will be rocking.
PSU won’t post quite enough points.
So Indiana starts 5-0? (Mark is going to be a basket case.)
• At Michigan State, Oct. 12: Indiana’s first road trip is to Spartan Stadium, a real house of Hoosier horrors over the years.
But while MSU might again have the league’s best defense, this remains an offensively-challenged Spartan squad along the lines of the one fortunate to escape IU with a 31-27 win after trailing 27-14 at halftime last fall.
This time, the Spartans can’t quite rally.
• At Michigan, Oct. 19: The Hoosiers harbor huge momentum heading into the Big House, but Michigan, which hasn’t seen IU in Ann Arbor since the infamous 36-33 Bill Lynch Chewing Gum Game in 2009, doesn’t take the Hoosiers quite seriously enough until it’s too late.
Michigan’s defense hasn’t dealt directly with IU’s version of the spread before and struggles.
The Wolverines join their 110,00 fans watching in stunned silence as Indiana freshman Laray Smith supplies the game-clinching kickoff return midway through the fourth.
IU now has the nation’s full attention, a 7-0 record and two weeks to prepare for …
• Minnesota (Homecoming), Nov. 2: Coach Jerry Kill, like IU’s Kevin Wilson in his third year of a rebuilding project, got Minnesota to a bowl last year and has done an admirable job.
And quarterback Philip Nelson really came on as a freshman last fall.
But this is just too tall an order for the Gilded Rodentia, who end up road (not Jerry) kill because they simply can’t score at Indiana’s pace.
• Illinois, Nov. 9: Fans back in Champaign are really after coach Tim Beckman’s scalp by this time, and his struggling Illini leave Bloomington without theirs.
• At Wisconsin, Nov. 16: The big, bad, bogeyman Badgers of IU nightmares are themselves haunted by the bloated shade of Bret Bielema.
Wisconsin fans who rolled out the barrel a bit too early are unfairly on new coach Gary Andersen’s case, and this outing just makes things worse.
As in 2001 – when Antwaan Randle El led a Hoosier team into Camp Randall after having watched IU sustain a 59-0 thrashing there just two years earlier – Indiana comes out hitting on all cylinders and never relents.
Payback never tasted so sweet for giddy Hoosier players, coaches and fans.
“Fake Coach Wilson” renames his celebrated Twitter account “Fake Messiah.”
• At Ohio State, Nov. 23: The scores of IU’s last two games against the Buckeyes are both a bit misleading.
The Hoosiers were threatening to take the lead on a fourth-quarter drive into OSU territory at The Horseshoe in 2011 when true freshman quarterback Tre Roberson threw a pick that set up an easy OSU TD, and the game ended up a 34-20 Ohio State win.
Last year at Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes led by at least two scores most of the way before a successful onside kick and other neversay- die stuff brought Indiana within 52-49 at the end.
OSU still has issues trying to stop Indiana’s offense, but the No.
2-ranked Buckeyes find a way to prevail at home.
So IU takes a 10-1 record into …
• Purdue, Nov. 30: Purdue.
Now it’s Purdue in rebuilding mode with a first-year coach, trying to deal with a transcendent Hoosier team that is in no mood to show mercy.
Despite frigid temperatures, Fred Glass still isn’t wearing socks as a howling Crimson-clad throng packs the place and joyously watches Indiana pound Purdue into the frozen field-turf tundra.
Kevin Wilson takes the Old Oaken Bucket home, fills it with beer, and imbibes.
• Big Ten championship game, Dec. 7: Ohio State, the Leaders Division champ, nips Michigan for the second straight week in the Big Ten title game and heads off to face Alabama in the final BCS National Championship Game.
Then a certain committee is faced with a choice.
Does it select Michigan, the Legends Division champ that just fell twice to OSU, to play Oregon? Or does the committee quickly and happily bow to popular sentiment and pick the nation’s favorite underdog, the team that knocked off UM in Ann Arbor in that thriller back on Oct.
19 … Yourrrrrrr Ind-i-ana Hooooooooooossssiiiiieeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrs! Rose Bowl! Rose Bowl!! Rose Bowl!!! Paint that Pasadena end zone in gorgeous crimson and cream! And ...
Egad! Holy John Pont! I’ve got it, too, don’t I? And I’ve got it bad.
Mark’s email must have contained the virus! Goodness gracious, I’m gobsmacked.
Got to calm down.
Got to find my way back to that 7-5 IU season prediction I was going to make when this column began.
Got to start making the case in reverse … For us Indianensis Augustitis sufferers, kickoff can’t come soon enough.