Everybody knows that the English Premier League is one of the biggest and most lucrative competitions in world football. But exactly how much revenue does it generate?
Sports betting company TonyBet have been crunching the numbers.
Remarkably, the total revenue of the 20 Premier League clubs in the 2013-2014 season was £3.26 billion – just a little more than Malta’s whole budget in 2013 (£3.11 billion)!
Manchester United’s yearly revenue in 2013-14 (£433 million) was more than the budget that the government of England’s Euro 2016 qualifying opponents had in 2013 (£429 million).
Arsenal are currently estimated as being more valuable than Bank of Scotland (£836m vs £825m), and their 2013-14 revenue (£304 million) exceeds Lithuania’s 2015 defence budget (£302 million).
Rivals Tottenham Hotspur also boast huge financial clout. Spurs’ 2013-14 revenue (£181 million) is the same as Latvia’s defence budget in 2015 (£181 million). North London 2-0 former Soviet Union states!
Even at the bottom end of the Premier League table, English football dwarves the money generated in other European leagues. The revenue of newly-promoted Bournemouth in the season of 2013-14 – when they were still in the Championship – (£10.1 million) was more than three times bigger than the revenue of every football club in the Estonian top flight during the same season (£2.9 million).