Head in the game: Revenue has risen thanks to expanding broadcast revenue for top clubs

The Sports Clubs industry comprises a wide array of sports clubs, ranging from large professional clubs, such as teams in the Premier League, to semi-professional and amateur sports clubs. The top Premier League clubs receive a large amount of funding from sponsors, broadcast rights and other sources. On the other hand, smaller sports clubs exist within an increasingly crowded market and have to compete with each other for funding, attendees, viewers and sponsors. Sports clubs also compete with other entertainment and leisure outlets such as bars and cinemas. Sport participation and income levels combine to determine revenue trends for UK sports clubs.Over the past five years, smaller clubs have struggled with weak growth in sports participation...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Expanding broadcast revenue for the top clubs has underpinned industry revenue growth
  • Investment has aimed to boost sports participation, particularly among children and young people
  • Participation of women and under-represented groups has become the focus of the government
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Sports Clubs industry has a low level of concentration. The industry is made up of a large number of very small sports clubs and relatively few large clubs. According to the Office for National Statistics, 70.2% of enterprises employed fewer than 10 employees in 2017, while just 2% employed 100 or more. Many local sports clubs are supported by volunteers, which limits employment numbers. Volunteering in sports clubs is the most popular form of volunteering, with about 3.2 million people estimated to be regularly helping out in sport, according to Join In’s Hidden Diamonds research.In terms of revenue, the industry’s largest clubs, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are expected to account for 19.2% of industry revenue in 2018-19. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sports Clubs Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sports Clubs Industry are

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • Access to volunteer labour
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Sport participation in the Sports Clubs industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sports Clubs Industry?

    This industry comprises sports clubs that offer sporting activities, whether at a professional, semi-professional or amateur level. It excludes sports facilities without a club affiliation, the organisation of sporting events and the activities of sports coaches.

    Industry Products
  • Premier League clubs
  • Other football clubs
  • Cricket clubs
  • Rugby clubs
  • Golf clubs
  • Industry Activities
  • Football club operation
  • Rugby club operation
  • Cricket club operation
  • Golf club operation
  • Tennis club operation
  • Other sports club operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Sport participation
  • Demand from television programming and broadcasting
  • Health consciousness
  • Average weekly hours of work

  • Current Performance
  • Premier performance
  • Industry assistance and sports participation
  • Downstream demand
  • Market structure
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • In the running
  • Government support and participation
  • Hurdles ahead
  • Game changer
  • Table: Sports Clubs Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sports Clubs Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Sporting and Outdoor Equipment Retailers
  • Sporting Goods Manufacturing
  • Sports Facilities

  • Products & Services
  • Premier League clubs
  • Other
  • Golf clubs
  • Other football clubs
  • Rugby clubs
  • Cricket clubs
  • Chart: Sports Clubs Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Household disposable income and ticket prices
  • Social factors and demographics
  • Substitute products

  • Major Markets
  • People aged between 26 and 35
  • People aged between 16 and 25
  • People aged between 36 and 45
  • People aged between 46 and 55
  • People aged over 55
  • People aged under 16
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sports Clubs Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sports Clubs

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sports Clubs Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Manchester United plc,
  • Table: Manchester United plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sports Clubs Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sports Clubs Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Amateur Sports Clubs
  • Clubs that do not pay their athletes. Many of these clubs are run by volunteers.
  • Premier League
  • The Premier League is main football league in the United Kingdom and one of the largest in the world.
  • Professional Sports Clubs
  • Clubs that pay athletes for their services.
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