The proposition that managers are inherently a waste of time (and money) was based on an analysis by Stefan Szymanski of the spending of 40 English clubs between 1978 and 1997. The analysis found that spending on salaries explained 92% of their variation in league position. To sum up their proposition – the team that pays the most wins the most.
Since then Fox has also acquired the rights to the FIFA World Cup properties and the first broadcast will be the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. But in the meantime Fox also lost MLS rights and the rights to the immensely popular Barclays Premier League.
In August of this year, just as the new TV deal that brought a revenue increase of 60% to the league, the Premier League announced a new funding initiative called the “Away Fans Fund.” From the expected annual increase of $900M the Premier League allocated a little over $6M a year to all twenty clubs to support the fund’s objectives. That is a princely total of $300,000 per year per club or 0.66% of new revenues from TV rights fees.
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