In a new report, the Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance 2007, the London firm reported (based on figures from 2005-6):
Premier League clubs had the highest revenue ($2.5 billion) and profitability ($260 million) of any league in the world. Teams in Italy ($1.8 billion) were second, followed by Germany ($1.5 billion) and Spain ($1.5 billion), and France ($1.2 billion).
The 20 Premier League clubs still trail N.F.L. teams in total revenues ($6.2 billion). According to Deloitte, the 32 N.F.L. teams had average revenue of $193 million, compared with $127 million for each E.P.L. team.
Five European teams — Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus and A.C. Milan — each generated more revenue than the top-earning N.F.L. team, the Washington Redskins ($303 million).
The average salary of a Premier League player was about $1.7 million.
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