SEC commissioner made $1.6 million in 2011
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive received nearly $1.6 million in compensation during the 2011 calendar year, according to the conference’s new federal tax return.
The return, provided Tuesday in response to a request from USA TODAY Sports, shows that Slive’s $940,000 base compensation was unchanged from either of the prior two years. In 2011, however, he received $550,000 in bonus and incentive compensation.
His total of $1,563,812 also includes $22,128 in other reportable compensation, $36,750 in retirement and other deferred compensation and $14,934 in nontaxable benefits.
Slive’s total puts him third among the current commissioners of the nation’s six top athletic conferences, based on the conference’s most recent tax records. However, the SEC perennially is the first of those six to file, so it is the only one to have made data available for 2011.
In the 2010 calendar year, the Pacific-12′s Larry Scott made nearly $1.9 million ($1 million in base pay); he also had received a loan of nearly $1.9 million from the conference, and as of June 30, 2011, the balance due was unchanged from its original amount.
The Big Ten’s Jim Delany made nearly $1.8 million ($939,372 base), the Atlantic Coast’s John Swofford nearly $1.5 million ($1,406,040 base).
No compensation information is available yet for the Big 12′s Bob Bowlsby and the Big East’s Mike Aresco, both of whom are relatively new to their positions.