The following is an interesting article from The Age on 5 May, on revenue analysis between the 16 AFL clubs in 2010.
As you read the article consider:
- What are the key points in the article?
- What do you think about those points?
- What do they make you wonder?
THE revenue gap between the AFL’s richest and poorest clubs reached $21 million last year, with Port Adelaide and North Melbourne earning approximately that amount less than financial powerhouses Collingwood and West Coast.
Figures obtained by The Age show that the top-two earning clubs, Collingwood and the Eagles, each had football revenue of $45.6 million, compared to North Melbourne’s $24.7 million and Port Adelaide’s $24.6 million, the latter pair having the least football income of any of 2010’s 16 clubs.
The difference between top and bottom clubs for revenue is for what the AFL terms ”club-sourced football revenue” which includes membership, gate-takings, sponsorship, merchandise, corporate hospitality and all distributions from the AFL, counting the annual special distribution (ASD), the extra funding given to clubs that have smaller supporter bases or poor stadium deals.