When it comes to spending, four of the six BCS conferences believe in giving great compensation to the men in charge of driving up their leagues’ revenue. But of the four conference commissioners making right at a million or more, the SEC’s Mike Slive ranks third on the list.
The Associated Press — digging through 2009 IRS returns — found that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany makes $1.6 million per year. ACC commissioner John Swofford ranks a surprising second at $1.1 million. Then comes Slive at an even million, followed by the Big 12′s Dan Beebe at $997,000. (Slive received a million dollar bonus in 2008 as a big “thank ya” for landing mega-deals with ESPN and CBS.)