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Syracuse men’s basketball generated over $31 million in revenue in 2017-18

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That’s the third-highest figure in the country.

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The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team has long been an important part of how the entire athletic department makes money, and that’s even more clear since the school arrived in the ACC.

Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson shared data today around how much revenue was generated by college basketball programs in 2017-18, and to little surprise, the Orange were pretty high up on the list: third overall, taking home $31,772,639 on the back of a surprise Sweet 16 run and the extra credit from playing in the First Four too. That was a record amount for the school, surpassing the previous high form 2013-14. SU also spent a record $14.7 million on the sport in 2017-18 — making the total take-home an impressive $17.07 million good for second-best in the country.

All of that’s pretty great for a school with a smaller alumni base and smaller city in the immediate area. Per the data Carlson published for the piece, SU was one of just four schools with $30 million or more in men’s basketball revenues (the others were Louisville, Duke and Kentucky). Of the top 55 schools by way of revenue, 10 were ACC schools. SU was also one of just two private schools in the top 10, along with Duke.

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