Deloittes, world football’s financial authority, today estimated English Premier League revenues will drop by 20%, or £1bn, due to the crisis, a figure that will soften slightly – if they manage to complete this season. Question is, will a 20% drop cause systemic problems? I’m not sure.
Unlike the Premier League, the Scottish Premiership and the lower leagues in both England and Scotland, are heavily dependent on match day revenue. The SPFL’s agreement with Sky addressed some of the danger, but our game is significantly more vulnerable than the Premiership. The lower leagues in England have some of the worst metrics in world football. If I was looking for systemic problems, the EFL would draw the eye.