Manchester United tops all teams in revenue,. earning $609 million in the last completed EPL season.
While the English Premier League teams spend money at a seemingly ridiculous rate, the National Football League fares better when it comes to annual average revenue per team.
A study by Business Insider looked at the reported revenues from the last completed season among the EPL, the NFL, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League and found that the NFL leads in average team revenue with $286 million per team coming in.
The EPL is actually third behind Major League Baseball, which has an average per team revenue of $237 million, while the EPL sees an average team revenue of $215 million. The NBA has an average team revenue total of $152 million, and the NHL is a little more than half of that at $88 million per team.
So why do we all think the EPL is making money like crazy? Because there are teams that are doing so.
Manchester United, one of the most recognizable and popular brands in all of professional sports, had a revenue total of $609 million in its last completed season. That was well above the $539 million brought in by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, and the $461 million produced by the Miami Marlins of MLB.
The top NBA team had an annual revenue of $295 million and again the NHL halved the NBA with the top team producing revenue of $142 million.
A surprising result of the study is that the EPL has one of the lowest revenue teams among the five sports. The NHL reported a team that had an annual revenue of $61 million, while one of the 20 teams in the EPL last season brought in just $94 million. The lowest revenue NBA reported income of $109 million, MLB had a team that produced just $159 million in revenue and the NFL had a team that produced just $229 million in revenue.
All of the mentioned leagues share league-negotiated deals such as broadcasting rights and endorsement deals. However, in most cases team revenues are not shared. Major League Baseball and the EPL do not have salary caps to rein in spending.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.