Cologne - Top
flight Bundesliga clubs have increased their turnover an 11th straight year to
€2.62 billion in the 2014-15 season, the German
Football League (DFL) said on Wednesday.
The DFL said at the presentation of its annual Bundesliga Report this was an
increase of 6.94 per cent from €2.45 billion in the previous campaign,
with total turnover for first and second division clubs at €3.13 billion.
Bundesliga clubs earned €51 million after tax and the second tier also had
a first overall profit since 2005-06, at €5.5 million. In all, 27 of the
36 clubs had a profit, and debts were reduced by €30.4 million.
The DFL said that professional football now offers more than 50,000 jobs, and
that the clubs contributed almost €1 billion in tax payments.
"The Bundesliga continues to be a growth industry," DFL managing
director Christian Seifert said. "But it must grow further if it wants to
stay among the three top leagues in Europe."
Seifert said that turnover needs to be more than doubled to up to €6 billion over the next 10 years in order to keep German professional football
competitive at the top.
After all, the latest Bundesliga turnover of €2.62 billion is just
marginally higher than the €2.3 billion the 20 English Premier League
clubs will receive from television rights alone from next season onwards.
Seifert also expects a significant rise in the German rights which are
currently worth €628 million per season.
The German cartel office has imposed a "no single buyer rule" for the
new rights deal from 2017-18 onwards, which is expected to generate more
Up to now the Sky network broadcasts all live matches, a situation Seifert
named unique in Europe.
"We are giving away one of the 10 most valuable media rights in the world.
Therefore it makes sense and is appropriate that the cartel office deals with
it," Seifert said, adding that the DFL is in talks with the cartel office.
But Seifert was upbeat overall about the Bundesliga's standing in the
competition with the other major football leagues.
"We have the biggest attendance worldwide, the most goals per game over the
last 25 years, and 60 per cent domestic players," he said.