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Second only to the German Bundesliga, The English Premier League is the most profitable football league in the world and as of 2009-10, total club revenues grossed as much as €2.479 billion.

The league was recognised for its ‘outstanding contribution to international trade’ that it generates for both the UK broadcasting industry and for English Football. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll awarded the Premier League the ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ (in the International Trade category) back in 2010.

In fact, the gross revenue for the Premier League frequently appears in the top five for any sports league from around the world. The Premier League consistently ranks among the likes of the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as Major League Basketball and the National Football League, all of which are three of the most popular sports leagues in North America.

As mentioned, the Premier League contains many of the world’s richest football clubs and the annual revenues of these clubs (generated only by football operations) are released through ‘Football Money League’, which is a recognised and reputable ranking of football clubs that is part of an accountancy firm called Deloitte.

‘Football Money League’ releases these revenue details each February by outlining the season which has most recently finished. No other league in the world has more than four of its clubs that feature in this table and one can easily view this list online.

For a period of ten years or so, until the 2004/05 season, it was mainly successful English Premier League clubs that prominently featured in the Football Money League list, after fending off many of the world’s other wealthy clubs.

It is estimated that since the new Premier League TV deal came into effect, the total revenues expected for each team throughout the league is expected to even further boost the Premier League club’s position in the list. Predictions have forecast that the Premier League will soon appear at the top of the list.

An agreement in principle which basically involved two proposals was made on 18 December 2012 and this was mainly introduced to implement new cost controls. The agreement meant that there would be a cap on the amount that clubs can increase their wage bill by (per season), plus what is known as a ‘break-even’ rule was also agreed upon.

Due to the amount of new television deals, there has been emphasis on designing a new system to prevent the bulk of the money ending up in the hands of both the players and their agents.