Germany's 18 Bundesliga clubs posted an eighth successive annual
turnover record, topping two billion euros for the
2011/12 season, up more than seven percent from the previous season,
the German football league (DFL) said on Wednesday.
top-division clubs posted a combined profit after tax of 55 million
euros and a total turnover of 2.081 billion euros, up 7.2 percent from
1.941 billion in the 2010/11 season, with 14 of the 18 clubs being
profitable, the DFL said.
Only seven had posted a profit in the 2009/10 season while 12 were profitable in 2010/11.
The booming Bundesliga has now doubled its turnover in 10 years from one billion in 2001/02.
Second-division clubs also set a turnover record with 384.5 million euros, up 7.4 percent from the previous season.
Bundesliga is well equipped to deal with the challenges ahead," DFL
chief executive Christian Seifert told reporters in Frankfurt.
foundations for this successful path are financial good sense as well
as targeted investment in sporting efficiency and infrastructure."
records were not the only ones broken in the 2011/12 bumper season with
the league remaining the most popular by average attendance in the
spectators on average per Bundesliga game - more than 2,000 more than
the previous season - the German league is the world leader with the
English Premier League which registers some 10,000 spectators less per
game. Spain's La Liga has an average attendance of 28,000.
"The Bundesliga remains, in terms of attendance, the world's leader," the DFL said.
league's biggest revenue streams remained balanced with advertising
bringing in 26.6 percent of revenues, sale of media rights contributing
26.2 percent and ticket sales another 21.1 percent.
partners contribute in Spain, England and Italy between 45-60 percent
of the league's turnover. In the Bundesliga the figure is stable at 26
percent despite the clubs receiving more and more money every year for
the broadcasting of games," the DFL said, highlighting the league's
higher degree of financial independence.
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