The 21st edition of the Deloitte Football Money League was released this week. Deloitte profile the highest earning clubs in football and assess relative financial performance.
The chart on page two gives an insight to the composition of total revenue - broadcasting leads the way (45%) , followed by commercial revenues (38%) and then match day (17%). This broadcasting proportion has increased 6% from last year. Maybe this is good news for fans interested in keeping ticket prices down – namely, if broadcasting is the primary revenue source, keeping stadiums full may be a key goal for the clubs.
A record ten English clubs are now in the top 20. This is largely down to the broadcast rights deal. Southampton are new in this top 20 list.
Stability is forming with the top ten clubs remaining consistent in composition for the fourth consecutive year. AC Milan snuck in tenth back in 12/13. They are now outside the top 20. That said, with Tottenham’s home season at Wembley this year and their new stadium due to be completed for the start of next season this stability may be disrupted somewhat; there’s a 50m revenue gap they Spurs have to close on their Champions League opponents Juventus to break into the top 10. This probably won’t go unchallenged as Atlético Madrid (currently 13th) are also moving to a new stadium.
Plenty to think about in the report and a must read for those interested in football finances.