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cash crisis Revealed - The staggering sums Premier League clubs are losing as stadiums lie empty


Premier League stadiums have been empty for much of the last year (Clive Rose/PA)

Premier League stadiums have been empty for much of the last year (Clive Rose/PA)

Premier League stadiums have been empty for much of the last year (Clive Rose/PA)

Premier League clubs are collectively losing as much as £10million-a-week in lost revenue every weekend as games continue to be played without fans, according to the most recent financial accounts posted by all clubs.

The staggering figure puts into context how significant the losses are for England’s top clubs, with those at the top of the table losing more than the rest.

The first anniversary of the suspension of the Premier League season will be marked this weekend, with fans only returning in small numbers for a handful of games before Christmas, before a surge in Covid-19 cases halted that effort in its tracks.

Now the cost of behind-closed-doors football clubs can be revealed, with clubs not backed by hugely wealthy investors likely to be paying for the loses resulting from pandemic for many years to come.

While players at top clubs in Italy and Spain agreed to take wage cuts and deferrals at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, several English clubs have struggled to implement such plans.

It means £1.193billion per annum deal with Sky Sports, the £295m-a-year deal with BT Sport and additional deals with Amazon, the BBC and the lucrative overseas broadcasting rights deals have kept clubs afloat.

The Sky and BT Sport contracts are due for renewal next year and there is an expectation the new offer will be a reduction in the 2019 agreement, which already saw Sky pay £199million less than their previous agreement.

With broadcast revenue on the wane, matchday hospitality and the income from corporate clients boxes have been more significant, with these figures highlighting the cost to Premier League clubs.

These figures represent matchday income from the 2018/19 campaign, the most recent season when accounts are available, so it is fair to assume revenue will have increased due to ticket price rises and inflation in hospitality packages:

Manchester United - £110.8million/£4.26million per game

Arsenal - £96.23million/£3.2million per game

Liverpool - £84.2million/£3.23million per game

Tottenham - £81.67million/£3.02million per game*

Chelsea - £66.62million/£2.01million per game

Manchester City - £56million/2million per game

West Ham - £27.1million/£1.2million

Newcastle - £24.8million/£1.23million

Brighton - £18.5milllion/£842,591

Southampton - £15.89million/£793,450

* Tottenham’s figures would have been substantially higher as they now have their new stadium.

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