Irish No. 8 in football revenue

Notre Dame football is big business.

How big? The Irish netted $43.2 million in profit in 2011-12, according to NCAA data.

That figure was good for the eighth-most nationally; Texas led the way after turning a $77.9 million profit this past year.

Notre Dame generated $69 million in football revenue and $25.8 million in expenses, good for seventh and fourth nationally, respectively.

Alabama football is even bigger business, as the Irish's national title game opponent generated a $45.1 million profit in the past year, fifth-most nationally. The Crimson Tide topped the nation in football expenses, with $36.9 million. Such is the price of paying a coach with three national titles on his resume, as Nick Saban collected $4.8 million from the school for the 2011-12 season.

Alabama's $82 million in football revenue ranked third behind Michigan and Texas.

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