|Premier League Official Ball - Season 2012-13|
No longer will Robbie Savage have to ask this ludicrous question to all foreign managers and players who grace the noble land of Albion, whilst the Beeb and all who sail in her pleasure themselves to the sound of another eminent light of the beautiful game humoring them by confirming. "Yes, of course, it is indeed the greatest league in the world" whilst sniggering to himself and remembering that he said the same thing whilst managing / playing in a.n. other country.
So, pull your trousers back up Beeb, put away your banal and irrelevant questions because figures released today by Deloitte in its Annual Review of Football Finance (mmm, sexy) show that the combined revenues of Barclays Premier League clubs increased by 12% to a record £2.271 billion in the 2010-11 season. Apparently revenues of the top 92 clubs in English football increased by 9% to £2.9 billion in 2010-11.
So, lie back and spark a up that post-coital cigarette. Everything is well with the world.
Ignore the fact that, according to Deloitte, operating profits in the Premier League fell by 19% (£16 million) to £68 million and the Premier League has been won by a club that is not run like a business but simply like a huge cesspit into which oil cash can be pissed for ever more and that cost control remains a very major issue ahead of UEFA's Financial Fair play regulations coming into force.
Of course the German Bundesliga had a 24% increase in profits, to £154 million, and appears to be a sustainable model of business whilst at the same time drawing fervent support, large crowds and decent football.... but hey, its not THE GREATEST LEAGUE IN THE WORLD.