Premier League clubs accused of neglecting needs of disabled fans

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

Increased wage costs of £2.6 billion ( a 12% increase) were to blame, Deloitte said, as well as "increased amortisation charges" from record transfer expenditure in the 2015 summer transfer window.

"We have already seen to some extent the impact of the current broadcast rights deal, with clubs' combined transfer expenditure over the course of the 2016/17 season reaching nearly £1.4bn - eclipsing the previous record set in 2015/16 by one-third and far exceeding any other league in world football", said Adam Bull, senior consultant in the sports business group at Deloitte.

Dan Jones, partner and head of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, spoke of the loss and blamed it on "a small number of one-off exceptional costs".

Deloitte, however, expects the league's new three-year broadcast rights deal to see a return to record profits in the 2016/17 season.

Sky and BT paid a record £5.136bn for the latest round of TV rights - 71 percent higher than the previous deal.

Since Deloitte began gathering figures, in 1998/99, only two years have seen profit before tax achieved.

Record Manchester United earnings and Manchester City's Champions League run were key to Premier League clubs' revenue hitting an all-time high in 2015-16, according to business advisory firm Deloitte. Other Premier League clubs to make top 20 include QPR, which reportedly owes most of its $287m debt to the club's owners, Sunderland ($221m) and Liverpool ($174m).

The two Manchester clubs drove half of the increase in total revenue alone. Participation in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, coupled with continued strong commercial revenue growth, resulted in a 30% increase in revenue to £515m.

Manchester United's revenue rose to £515 million, topping the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time since 2003-04.

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