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Premier League Riches Propel Club Revenues

Thu 22nd Jan 2015 | Money & Finance

Manchester United lead the march of Premier League club’s in football’s rich list but still fall short of Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

The Premier League’s huge broadcasting rights deal has propelled all 20 of England’s top clubs into the top 40 highest earning clubs with 5 sitting in the top ten places of the annual Football Money League compiled by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

The figures released today show revenue for the world’s 20 highest earning clubs reached £5.2bn last season, up £669m (14%) on the previous year.

Dan Jones, Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “The growth experienced within the top 20 has been remarkable. Although only Manchester United and Real Madrid have gone past the £418.1m revenue marker so far, we predict that all of the top five clubs may reach that point by next year.

“Commercial and broadcast revenues are now more important than ever to clubs to enable them to compete financially and put the best talent on the pitch. This has led to further dominance from the ‘big five’ European leagues this year, with just Galatasaray making it in from outside of those leagues.”

For the tenth year running Real Madrid sit at the top of the Money League with revenues of £459.5m.  The club saw revenue growth of £25.6m (6%) from increases of £13.3m (8%) and £16.6m (9%) in broadcast and commercial revenue respectively. 

Jones added: “Winning the Champions League for an unprecedented tenth time and staying at the top of the Money League made 2013/14 the year of the “Doble Décima” for Real Madrid.

“The club’s continued success on the field is complemented by its financial strength and their accomplishment emphasises their position as the most successful European club side of all time. However, their commercial supremacy is being challenged by Manchester United, among others.”

Manchester United achieved revenues of £433.2m in 2013/14, making them the second highest earning football club in the world, jumping two places from fourth and becoming only the second club ever to surpass £418.1m.

Austin Houlihan, Senior Manager at Deloitte, commented:  “Despite a poor on-pitch season in 2013/14, United’s commercial strategy of securing global and regional partners is delivering substantial growth.  Commercial revenue has grown 83% in the last three years.

“Thanks to the latest Premier League media deals, broadcast revenue also increased 34% to €162.3m (£135.8m). Their absence this season from European competition will be felt in next year’s Money League position, but if they can return to the Champions League in 2015/16 there is a strong possibility they could be top in two years’ time.”

Eight Premier League clubs are ranked within the top 20 this year, with Newcastle United and Everton joining the six English clubs in last year’s Money League. Strikingly, every club in the Premier League has made it into the top 40.

Houlihan explained:  “The Premier League’s new broadcast deals have translated into big revenue increases across the English top flight. In fact, every Premier League club reported record revenues in 2013/14. Between them, the eight English clubs in our top 20 achieved total broadcast revenues of €1.1bn (£0.9bn).

“The fact that all the clubs in the Premier League are in the top 40 is testament to the huge appeal of the league globally and also the equality of the distributions the clubs enjoy relative to their European counterparts.  Additionally, the Premier League is currently negotiating for the next cycle of media rights and further uplifts are anticipated.”

The Deloitte Football Money League – 2013/14 revenue

 

Position (prior
year position)
 

Club 

2013/14 Revenue (€m) (2012/13 Revenue) 

2013/14 Revenue (£m) (2012/13 Revenue) 

1 (1)

Real Madrid

549.5 (518.9)

459.5 (444.7)

2 (4)

Manchester United

518.0  (423.8)

433.2 (363.2)

3 (3)

Bayern Munich

487.5 (431.2)

407.7 (369.6)

4 (2)

FC Barcelona

484.6 (482.6)

405.2 (413.6)

5 (5)

Paris Saint-Germain

474.2 (398.8)

396.5 (341.8)

6 (6)

Manchester City

414.4 (316.2)

346.5 (271.0)

7 (7)

Chelsea

387.9 (303.4)

324.4 (260.0)

8 (8)

Arsenal

359.3 (284.3)

300.5 (243.6)

9 (12)

Liverpool

305.9 (240.6)

255.8 (206.2)

10 (9)

Juventus

279.4 (272.4)

233.6 (233.5)

11 (11)

Borussia Dortmund

261.5 (256.2)

218.7 (219.6)

12 (10)

AC Milan

249.7 (263.5)

208.8 (225.8)

13 (14)

Tottenham Hotspur

215.8 (172.0)

180.5 (147.4)

14 (13)

Schalke 04

213.9 (198.2)

178.9 (169.9)

15 (20)

Atlético de Madrid

169.9 (120.0)

142.1 (102.8)

16 (New)

Napoli

164.8 (116.4)

137.8 (99.8)

17 (15)

Internazionale

164.0 (164.5)

137.1 (141.0)

18 (16

Galatasaray

161.9 (157.0)

135.4 (134.6)

19 (new)

Newcastle United

155.1 (111.9)

129.7 (95.9)

20 (new)

Everton

144.1 (100.8)

120.5 (86.4)

Source: Deloitte Football Money League 2015 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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