Premier League earnings to be £4.5b in 2017-18

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 10 Aug 2017, 22:13:48

Premier League earnings to be £4.5b in 2017-18

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FE Sports Desk

The Deloitte's Annual Review of Football Finance report has predicted that total Premier League clubs' revenues will be more than £4.5 billion in 2017-18.

The report mentions, "With the commencement of the new Premier League broadcast rights cycle in 2016/17, supported by new commercial agreements at clubs and match day revenue growth from new and expanded stadia, we expect total Premier League clubs' revenues to rise to more than £4.5bn in 2017/18".

While the latest accounts are yet to be published, that figure is believed to have increased considerably last term, which was the first season of a lucrative new television rights deal, worth a total of £8.4 billion for domestic and global markets, or £2.8 billion per season, over three years from 2016 to 2019.

Meanwhile, Premier League's net debt fell for the third consecutive season, by £125 million (5pc) to £2.2 billion at the end of the 2015-16 season. Although wages are soaring, up 12 per cent to £2.3bn as clubs anticipated income from the lucrative broadcasting deal, the report said there was evidence of a more prudent approach, with just 44 per cent of revenue increases being spent on wages since 2012-13, compared with 99 per cent in the five years before that.

Leicester City were champions in 2015-16 with the Premier League's 15th biggest wage bill, while the league's 19th and 20th biggest payers, Watford and Bournemouth, avoided relegation and are still in the league now.

That is a combined operating profit of more than £1.6 billion over the past three seasons, more than they managed in total over the previous 16 seasons combined. Although England's clubs will not publish their 2016-17 accounts for several months yet, the Premier League has already disclosed its distribution of TV and sponsorship money last season, which Deloitte calculates was 45 per cent higher than in 2015-16.

The 24 Championship clubs made £556m in total, over half of which came from parachute payments for relegated clubs, but paid £561m in wages, and had record total operating losses of £261m.
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