TV revenue continues to drive European football growth

Broadcast revenue continues to drive growth in European football’s “big five” leagues, according to Deloitte’s 23rd edition of the Annual Review of Football Finance.

In 2012/13, the cumulative revenue of the ‘big five’ European leagues grew 5% to €9.8 billion, representing half of the overall size of the European football market of €19.9 billion (up 2%). Much of the revenue growth was driven by a limited number of eminent clubs, especially from commercial sources.

Specifically, however, new television deals commencing 2013/2014 will ensure that the Bundesliga and the Premier League will pull further away from the ‘big five’ in revenue terms.

The Premier League remains, by over €900m the world leader in revenue terms.  It’s revenue grew by £165m (7%). Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool account for over 60% of this growth.

The Bundesliga remains by some margin the ‘big five’ league with the strongest cost control, with a wages/revenue ratio of 51%. It is the only ‘big five’ league broadcast is not the largest revenue source.

Over in La Liga, commercial and matchday revenues were both down, and in a break from the usual trend, Real Madrid and Barcelona were not the driving force behind growth in 2012/2013.

Broadcast revenue continues to dominate Italian clubs’ revenue profile, contributing €1 billion (59%) of their total revenues.

For the second successive year, La Liga and Serie A displayed a lower rate of revenue growth than the other ‘big five’ leagues as their countries’ economies have struggled to show signs of recovery.

The advent of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, along with measures taken by some domestic leagues means that most clubs appear to be adopting a more financially robust and balanced approach.


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