Half of Premier League clubs could have played in empty stadiums and still made a pre-tax profit in the first season of the current broadcast deal,
BBC research has found. In 2016-17, during which clubs benefited from a record £8.3bn in global TV revenue, matchday income contributed less than
20p in every £1 earned by 18 top-flight outfits. The number of clubs that would have recorded pre-tax profits even if matchday income was taken away
rose from two in 2015-16 to 10 in 2016-17. Dr Rob Wilson, a sport finance specialist at Sheffield Hallam University, said the previous £3.018bn
broadcast deal struck in 2012 signalled a permanent change to top-flight football as a business in England.
The figures involved are obscene imo. Do you still go to matches or do you watch on tv?