The threat of no more football on these shores – or Europe – before the summer is growing with the UK government this week poised to BAN all gatherings of more than 500 people and a meeting of the Premier League scheduled for Thursday.
That will all but kill off hopes of the Premier League and EFL campaigns ever being finished – and leave the English game facing a truly eye-watering, bank-busting bill.
Taking into account the loss of TV rights money, matchday revenue, European and domestic cup cash prize money, the total soars past the £1billion mark.
But throw in the huge drops in individual club market value, that figure rockets to an absolutely astronomical sum.
Manchester United , for example, have had £613m wiped off their share price during the last three weeks of corona chaos on the world stock markets.
That is a 25 per cent crash. If you factor a similar fall across the rest of the top flight, the values lost hit £9billion.
Much like the Covid-19 disease itself, the hefty price off football’s lockdown – home and abroad – is spiraling with each and every day of grim news regards the battle to contain the virus.
No wonder the likes of Championship pacesetters Leeds United and West Brom are planning a legal war against the game’s rulers should they be denied promotion into the top flight.
That alone would rob each of around £150m in Premier League TV money next season.
Here, laid out in gory detail, is the potential number-crunching cost of the killer flu on the Beautiful Game in England:
Premier League: £100m
EFL Championship: £36m
League One: £6.9m
League Two: £3.6m
Matchday Revenue total loss: £146.5m
FA Cup: £15m
Champions League: £64m
Europa League: £26m
Prize money total loss: £105m
Domestic TV Rights:
Premier League: £750m
TV Rights total loss: £780m
PL Club Value:
PL Club Value total loss: £9.25billion
TOTAL POTENTIAL LOSSES: £10.28billion
- Premier League
- Champions League
- League One
- League Two
- FA Cup
- Europa League
- Jurgen Klopp
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