FL Financial Facts

June 14, 2015

Bristol Rovers supporters might like to know a little more about the Football League financial picture.

This set of data applies to the season we used the trap door to travel around pastures new.

 

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Annual Review of Football Finance – Some Football League Highlights.

The 2013/14 Football Season.

Revenue and profitability

  • Championship revenue increased by £54m, (12%) to a record of £491m.
  • This increase in Championship club revenue was driven by an increase of £57m in parachute payments.
  • This is due in part to the number of clubs receiving such payments rising from seven to eight.
  • For the 18 clubs in the Championship in both 2012/13 and 2013/14, revenue increased by £6m.
  • The Championship clubs’ operating losses were £222m.
  • Pre-tax losses in the Championship were £247m in 2013/14, an average per club of £10m.
  • League 1 revenue rose by £28m (24%) to £148m.
  • League 2 revenues declined by 9% to £78m.

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Wages and transfers

  • Total Championship wage costs exceeded £500m for the first time.
  • The wage costs in the Championship rose by £56m to £518m in 2013/14.
  • Over the same period revenue rose 12%, from £437m to £491m.
  • The Championship wages to revenue ratio was at 105%.
  • Almost half the clubs in the Championship had wage costs greater than revenue.
  • League 1 wages increased by 14% to £124m.
  • The League 1 wages to revenue ratio decreased by seven percentage points to 84%.
  • League 2 wages decreased by 2% to £58m,
  • The League 2 wages to revenue ratio for the division rose by five percentage points to 74%.

(By Deloitte Sports Business Group June 2015.)

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