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Premier League Crowds v Sport Around The World

9 years ago

In terms of generating money you can’t get away from the fact that the English Premier league (EPL) has been an outstanding success.

Football is the World game and thanks to the EPL becoming the World league, TV money has flowed in ever increasing amounts into clubs such as Newcastle United and the rest of the Premier League.

Next season when the new broadcasting deals (domestic and overseas) come into play, it is forecast that every Premier League club could benefit to the tune of £20m or more, on top of what they currently get. Mad.

What about people going through the turnstiles though, how does the EPL rate compared to elsewhere.

The top ten average attendance figures for sports around the world are shown below, the last available season figures for each sport, and it makes interesting reading.

67,591 NFL (American Football)
45,116 Bundesliga
34,602 Premier League
32,748 AFL (Aussie Rules)
30,895 MLB (Baseball)
28,462 La Liga
27,882 CFL (Canadian Football)
24,965 NPB (Baseball – Japan)
22,493 Serie A
23,763 IPL (Cricket – India)

The NFL leads the way but interesting to see how England compares to other football nations. The Premier League may be comfortably ahead of the likes of Spain and Italy but are way behind the Bundesliga, though England is a bit of a different animal with a much stronger league structure below the top tier, attracting relatively massive crowds compared to similar levels in other countries.

It would be nice to think that one day the Premier League would compete with the Bundesliga in terms of crowds and even better to imagine a Premier League of the future with German style prices and forward thinking grounds with massive safe standing areas and resultant excellent atmospheres.

England might lead the way in making money but in terms of affordable football and atmosphere we clearly aren’t the world leaders.

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