Turkey’s Super League generates $814 million revenue
Turkey’s Super League generated 731 million euros ($814 million) of revenue in the 2017-2018 season, up from the 701 million euro income the Turkish football clubs made in the 2016-2017 season, according to Deloitte’s 28th Annual Review of Football Finance.
Eighteen teams compete in the Super League (or Süper Lig). This year Istanbul’s Galatasaray won the title.
The Deloitte report showed that 376 million euros of the overall revenue came from broadcasting rights.
“The 2017/18 season saw the start of a new domestic broadcast rights deal for the Turkish Süper Lig, providing an uplift reportedly worth 250 million euros per season over the next five years,” the report said.
“The full impact of this increase will be seen for the first time in next year’s edition of this report, and we expect this to result in the league reclaiming its position as the sixth-highest revenue generating league in Europe.”
The breakdown of revenues shows that in the 2017-2018 season, the second largest source of revenue was sponsorship and commercial revenues with 242 million euros. Matchday revenues amounted to 74 million euros and another 39 million euros came from other commercial sources.
According to the report, the average revenue per Turkish club was 41 million euros in the 2017-2018 season while the wages/revenues ratio was 76 percent.
The 2019-2020 season of the Super League will start on Aug. 16.
Europe’s top 5
The “big five” European leagues enjoyed record revenues in the 2017-18 season as a result of new broadcasting deals in Germany and growth in UEFA distributions to English clubs.
The combined revenue of the five major leagues - in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France - was 15.6 billion euros (13.75 billion pounds), representing a 6 percent increase from the previous season.
Deloitte’s annual report said the European football market is now worth a record 28.4 billion euros, which was also driven by last year’s World Cup in Russia.
The Premier League retains top spot with club revenues rising to 4.8 billion pounds (5.44 million euros), primarily due to increased UEFA distributions as five teams competed in the Champions League for the first time in 2017-18.
Increased revenue also reflected in record-breaking transfer market activity from Premier League clubs as the wages/revenue ratio surged to 59 percent in 2017-2018.
The German Bundesliga was boosted by new broadcast arrangements, which made them leapfrog Spain’s La Liga to become the second largest revenue-generating league in the world.
Bundesliga generated 3.17 billion euros of revenues whereas La Liga clubs’ revenues stood at 3.07 billion euros in the 2017-2018 season. Italy’s Seria A generated 2.2 billion euros and France’s Ligue 1 saw 1.69 billion euros of revenues.