The background behind our appearance is as follows:
This is Manchester City's third consecutive year in the
Football Money League and the club maintain their 17th position despite a slight
fall in revenue to £61.8 million.
City's debut in the Money League resulted from their
move to the City of Manchester Stadium, which delivered a step change in
attendances and matchday revenues. Despite falling slightly in 2005/06 average
Premier League attendances were almost 43,000, the fourth highest in England.
Matchday revenue stands at £15.7 million, 25% of total revenue.
Commercial revenues in 15th place in the Premier
League, and this generated £20.6m in broadcasting revenue. A run to the 6th
round of the FA Cup helped total broadcasting revenue reach £24.2million, and
City can look forward to a significant increase in broadcasting revenue from the
Premier League's broadcast deal from 2007/08. This may see City climb further up
the Money League in coming seasons.
Looking at the breakdown of how the revenue is generated - commercial 36%, broadcasting 35% and matchday 25%, it serves to illustrate the importance of the forthcoming TV deal increase on overall revenues - and perhaps that despite falling attendances this season, it should not see too great a dent on next seasons revenue figures and lends credence to the suggestion that fans are becoming less and less of a consideration to the clubs hierarchy.
The full top twenty is as follows:
1 (1) Real Madrid
2 (6) Barcelona
3 (4) Juventus
4 (2) Man United
5 (3) Milan
6 (5) Chelsea
7 (9) Inter
8 (7) Bayern Munich
9 (10) Arsenal
10 (8) Liverpool
11 (15) Lyon
12 (11) Roma
13 (12) Newcastle
14 (14) Schalke 04
15 (13) Tottenham
16 (n/a) Hamburg
17 (17) Man City
18 (n/a) Rangers
19 (n/a) West Ham
20 (n/a) Benfica