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The Annual Survey of Football Finance Directors 2015

06 August 2015

The 2015 edition of BDO’s Annual Survey of Football Finance Directors Report provides a unique insight into the issues affecting football clubs on and off the pitch.

This year we have seen some interesting results and gained useful insight into how the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules have affected clubs and also discussed how the new TV rights deal will benefit the Premier League and filter through into the Football Leagues.

  • Most clubs believe that cost control and sustainability measures (often referred to generally as FFP) are meeting their principal objectives of promoting sustainability, and the results that we have support this. However, in the context of augmented Premier League TV rights, one has to question whether Football League limits need to be further relaxed to take into account the ever widening financial gap between the Premier League and the Football Leagues.
  • Sky and BT TV rights are likely to add an average of between £30m and £35m per Premier League club per season from 2016/17.
  • FFP and enhanced media rights payments may result in a more traditional business model –providing the opportunity for profitability, positive cash flows, investor returns and better value for money for the paying public.
  • Great news for fans as 38% of Finance Directors surveyed (including 62% of the Premier League) would be happy to reduce ticket prices in light of the new TV arrangements.

Read our report to find out more about the findings of our survey and our expert analysis which delves into youth development, club finances, revenue and profitability and player costs and transfers.

We hope you enjoy reading it.


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