English football revenue hits record high

Premier League football clubs’ revenues rose 9 per cent to a record £3.6 billion in the 2015-16 season, according to recent analysis*.

Broadcast earnings of £1.9 billion accounted for more than half of the top flight clubs’ total revenues.

Key findings include:

  • The top 92 Premier League and Football League clubs generated a record £4.4 billion in revenue in 2015/16;
  • Premier League clubs’ revenues increased by 9 per cent, to a record £3.6 billion in 2015/16, the final year of the division’s three-year broadcast cycle;
  • Premier League clubs’ combined revenues are likely to exceed £4.5 billion in the 2017/18 season;
  • Broadcast revenue accounted for more than half of Premier League clubs’ total revenue and, at £1.9 billion in 2015/16, had almost doubled since 2008/09;
  • All “Big Five” leagues – England, Italy, Germany, Spain, France – saw revenues increase from the previous season. “Big Five” collective revenues rose 12 per cent to a record 13.4 billion euros;
  • Total capital expenditure by Premier League and Football League clubs rose by 3 per cent in the 2015/16 season to £313 million – a new record;
  • Championship clubs spent more on wages than they generated in revenues in 2015/16, for the third time in four seasons.

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*Source: Annual Review of Football Finance 2017