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Sunday, March 3, 2024

La Liga Hits $5.4B In Revenue, Tops Pre-Pandemic Levels

  • Net income for teams in Santander and SmartBank reached $30 million after $154 million loss last season.
  • La Liga ranks second among all European soccer competitions in total revenue.
Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy kicks the ball ahead of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
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La Liga’s revenues have inched past pre-pandemic levels after recent seasons of financial struggles. 

Spain’s top soccer clubs are expected to post a combined profit at the end of this season, according to Bloomberg

Net income for teams in La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank reached $30 million for the 2022-23 season following a loss of $154 million last season for Spain’s top two competitions. 

Total revenue for La Liga this season is expected to reach $5.39 billion, just surpassing its $5.37 billion total from 2018-19 — the last season before COVID-19 forced fan capacity restrictions inside stadiums. 

As capacity restrictions eased last season, total revenue for La Liga surged 23% to $5.33 billion in 2021-22. La Liga ranks second among all European soccer competitions in total revenue, behind the reported $9.2 billion from the English Premier League and EFL Championship.

The pandemic’s impact spurred La Liga to sell an 8.2% equity stake to British private equity firm CVC Capital Partners in 2021. The firm paid $2.3 billion in exchange for the ownership stake, and La Liga clubs used CVC’s funds to invest in players and improve facilities. 

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