The Pac-12's revenues went down and the embattled commissioner's salary went up.

Not exactly the news fans of the conference wanted to here as the Pac-12 released its 2017-18 financial data on Monday.

The Pac-12 reported $497 million in revenue for the fiscal year, which was $12.5 million less than the previous year. The conference distributed an average of $31.3 million to its members.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott’s annual compensation package rose to $5.3 million, which was $500,000 more than the previous year.

During a teleconference with reporters, Scott noted that the decrease in revenue was a result of a significantly lower payout from the Rose Bowl, which was designated as a College Football Playoff site during the cycle.

 

The revenue gap between the Pac-12 and other Power Five conferences continues to grow.

According to USA Today, the Big Ten’s revenue for 2018 was $759 million ($54 for 12 schools, less for expansion members Rutgers and Maryland) and the SEC’s revenue was $627 million ($43.1 million per school).

Scott continues to hold out hope that the Pac-12 owning and controlling its own network will pay off down the road in an evolving media landscape. The Pac-12 Networks made $127 million in revenue during the reported fiscal year.

"Because there’s no other conference that owns and controls its network, it's very hard to compare," Scott said.

Cutting out the cupcakes

The Pac-12 also announced new guidelines for men's basketball programs aimed at strengthening schedules.

Nonconference opponents must have a five-year NET ranking of at least 175 for home games and 200 or better for road games. Previously, the Pac-12 required nonconference opponents to have a five-year average RPI of 300.

At its spring meetings earlier this month in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Pac-12 announced it is moving from an 18-game conference schedule to a 20-game conference schedule in 2020-21.

The conference also announced that players transferring from one Pac-12 program to another will still have to sit out for one season but will no longer lose a year of eligibility.

Football forecast has Ducks 15th

Athlon Sports' "top-25" edition hit newsstands on Monday. The magazine has Oregon No. 15 in its preseason rankings, just behind Pac-12 rivals Washington (No. 12) and Utah (No. 13).

The Ducks' first opponent, Auburn, is ranked No. 20. Athlon has Alabama No. 1 with Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State rounding out the top five.