HOT BLAST: Putting a dollar figure on the Crimson Tide and Tigers
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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) high fives fans as he leaves the field. The top-ranked Crimson Tide played host to the Chattanooga Mocs Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) high fives fans as he leaves the field. The top-ranked Crimson Tide played host to the Chattanooga Mocs Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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It's easy to understand that Alabama's football team is financially important to the university's bottom line. The Crimson Tide makes a lot of money for the school.

Forbes has put that understanding into cold, hard numbers.

According to the magazine, the Tide is worth $110 million. (It earned $89 million in revenue in its most recent year, with a profit of $47 million.) That puts UA at No. 3 nationally.

No. 1 are the Texas Longhorns, by the way. (Who have their own television network, but do not have a head coach right now.)

The Auburn Tigers are ranked No. 11. Playing in the national championship game once again -- and perhaps winning it -- could increase the Tigers' financial stock.

Most interesting is how Forbes determined its its rankings. It wrote, "We consider each team’s value to its athletic department, its university’s academic endeavors, its conference and its school’s local economy. Athletic value consists of football profit that is directed toward supporting non-revenue sports, like softball or gymnastics, while a team’s value to academics consists of money that supports football scholarships or other non-athletic programming, like faculty support, non-athletic scholarships or a library fund. Conference value consists of revenue generated for other conference teams by participating in a bowl game, and a team’s value to its local community consists of the direct spending injected by fans visiting the area on days of the team’s home games."

-- Phillip Tutor

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