Broadcast revenues key to Premier League dominance in Money League

There were six English Premier League teams in the top 10 of this year’s Deloitte Football Money League, the most ever from one country.

All six of; Manchester United (third), Manchester City (fifth), Liverpool (seventh), Chelsea (eighth), Arsenal (ninth), and Tottenham Hotspur (10th) are in the top 10, with Everton, Newcastle United and West Ham United in the top 20.

Sam Boor, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, comments: “The substantial presence of Premier League clubs continues to be felt in this year’s Deloitte Football Money League.

“However, with the Premier League’s tender for the next cycle of domestic rights from 2019-20 complete and sale of overseas rights nearing conclusion, it is clear that Premier League clubs will be unable to rely on explosive growth in broadcast distributions as a source of future growth, as has been the case in recent years.”

SportBusiness Media understands that at the conclusion of its global sales cycle, the Premier League will again see an increase in the overall value of its media rights – albeit small – as international sales offset the domestic decrease.

The report also proved the importance of success in the Uefa Champions League, the European governing body’s top-tier club competition. Liverpool increased its broadcast revenue by £65.8m (€76m/$88m) to a total of £222.6m as a result of payments for being last season’s Champions League runner-up – an amount that would put its broadcast revenue alone 15th in the Money League.