BT Sports new Deal excites Manchester United

Manchester United have announced record quarterly revenues for the first quarter of the financial year with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admitting his “excitement” for the future due to BT Sport’s new deal for exclusive Champions League football rights.

United saw their revenue rise to £98m – an increase of 29.1 per cent – with new sponsorship deals and the Premier League TV rights to thank for the financial boost.

With news coming last weekend that BT Sport had committed nearly £900m to show three-years’ of European football from 2015 onwards, Woodward feels the deal will only benefit clubs further and admits that it has him and the club excited about the future.

“We are excited by the continuing rise in the value of sports content, evidenced, amongst other things, by the recently-announced BT deal for the UK rights to broadcast the Champions League and Europa League matches for three seasons from 2015-16,” Woodward said.

“This deal represents a meaningful increase over the current arrangement, which should translate into higher broadcasting revenues for the participating clubs.”

BT Sport managed to swoop in for the TV rights after both ITV and Sky Sports thought they had the deal agreed to continue their long-running coverage of Europe’s showpiece club tournament, only to see the recently formed sports broadcaster announce the surprising deal.

This comes after the major increase in the cost of Premier League viewing rights which has significantly boosted clubs in the top flight financially, although even that sum of money can’t compete with United’s commercial income.

A broadcasting income rise 40.9 per cent was dwarfed by the club’s growth in commercial income which stands at 62.6 per cent, thanks to 12 new sponsorship deals which includes a global contract with Russian airline Aeroflot


Football Business Awards 2013

The Football Business Awards 2013 7th November Chelsea Football Club

Very proud to be one of the judges for the Football Business Awards last night. And also to have the pleasure to present the Innovation Award to Cardiff City.

Thanks to Simon Burton, Rory, Marc, Sian and all the team for putting on a tremendous event.

To see all the winners on the night go to


Football Business Awards 2013

Football Business Awards 2013

Looking forward to attending the Football Business Awards 2013, this Thursday, 7th November, being held once again at Chelsea Football Club. Should be another great evening recognising and celebrating the essential role that business plays in football.