Premier League Clubs Post Record Revenues Of £4.5BN

By Community | April 23, 2018

English Premier League football has returned to profit and reported record revenues of £4.5bn (€5.13bn) for last season.

According to Deloitte, clubs collectively reported £500m (570m) in pre-tax profit for the 2016/17 campaign.

The analysis found that wage costs rose by 9% to £2.5bn (2.8bn), a much lower growth rate than the 25% hike in revenues.

The main factor for the overall growth was the Premier League’s three-year TV deal, which kicked in last season. A record £5.13bn (5.85bn) was paid to the league by Sky and BT for the 2016-19 UK broadcast rights.

However, only £4.464bn (5.09bn) was brought in for the latest domestic rights auction for the 2019-2022 cycle.

Dan Jones, head of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, said of the findings: “Despite the lack of growth in domestic broadcast deals announced to date, we still expect to see overall revenue growth in the coming seasons, and if this is complemented with prudent cost control, we expect that pre-tax profits will be achieved for the foreseeable future.”