English elite rake in record rev­enue

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

PARIS — Eng­land’s 92 Pre­mier League and Foot­ball League clubs recorded com­bined rev­enues in ex­cess of $5.7 bil­lion in the 2015-16 sea­son, ac­cord­ing to con­sul­tants Deloitte.

Top-flight clubs gen­er­ated record rev­enues of $4.4 bil­lion, a 9 per­cent in­crease, in the fi­nal year of the league’s 2013-16 broad­cast cy­cle, the firm said in its an­nual re­view of soc­cer fi­nance.

Rev­enues will con­tinue to rise in the 2017-18 sea­son, the re­view fore­cast.

Salary costs rose 12 per­cent to $2.9 bil­lion and the Pre­mier League showed lit­tle sign of aus­ter­ity, with its 20 clubs record­ing a third straight sea­son of op­er­at­ing prof­its in ex­cess of $800 mil­lion in the 2015-16 sea­son.

Dan Jones, a part­ner in Deloitte’s Sports Busi­ness Group, said top clubs did well out of Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.

“In the 2015-16 sea­son, the ‘big six’ clubs par­tic­i­pated in the group stages of UEFA com­pe­ti­tions and ben­e­fit­ted from im­proved UEFA broad­cast-rights deals, which resulted in an in­crease in dis­tri­bu­tions to par­tic­i­pat­ing English clubs of around $140 mil­lion,” he said.

Deloitte fore­casts “to­tal Pre­mier League clubs’ reve- bil­lion

Com­bined rev­enues of the 92 Pre­mier League and Foot­ball League clubs for the 2015-16 sea­son

nues to rise to over $5.9 bil­lion in 2017-18.”

Newly pro­moted Hud­der­s­field Town will ben­e­fit from the wind­fall “with clubs stand­ing to earn a rev­enue up­lift of at least $210 mil­lion from pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League, ris­ing to over $325 mil­lion if they sur­vive one sea­son.”

The Pre­mier League con­tin­ues to boom after com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Sky Sports and BT drove the over­all value for do­mes­tic TV rights for the 2016-19 cy­cle to more than $6.1 bil­lion over three sea­sons.

In other find­ings, the re­view said the Euro­pean soc­cer mar­ket was worth nearly $27 bil­lion in the 2016-17 sea­son, a 13 per­cent in­crease from 2014-15, with the ag­gre­gate rev­enues of clubs in the ‘big five’ leagues top­ping $15 bil­lion, a 12 per­cent in­crease.

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