Report: Bowlsby among highest paid

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is among the nation’s top-paid conference commissioners.

Bowlsby made $1.2 million in just over six months as the conference’s commissioner, according to a report on the USA Today website. Bowlsby was named Big 12 commissioner in May 2012 after spending the previous six years as the athletic director at Stanford.

According to the USA Today report:

Based on his monthly base pay, Bowlsby's annual salary projects to about $1.8 million, which would be about $600,000 more than the base amount the SEC reported paying commissioner Mike Slive for the 2012 calendar year.

SEC commissioner Slive, Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and ACC commissioner John Swofford have a reported base pay between $1.2 and $1.6 million, according to the USA Today report.

During Bowlsby’s first 6 1/2 months on the job, he helped negotiate a significant jump in income for the conference thanks to new television deals with ESPN and Fox. The annual revenue for the Big 12 increased roughly $57.6 million during the first year of the new deal.

The eight individual schools who remained in the Big 12 after realignment saw their income increase by roughly $6.5 million per school to between $20 million and $22 million. West Virginia and TCU, the Big 12’s two new members, each received less than half that total, between $8 million and $10 million.

The reported income and expense data in the report came from conference’s fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2013. The compensation data is based on the most recent calendar year.