The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, the top two divisions of professional football in Germany, generated total revenues of €4.42bn in the 2017-18 season, a 14th consecutive year of record turnover.
The German Football League (DFL), the body which operates the two divisions, also revealed in its 2019 Economic Report that the 36 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 teams contributed €1.28bn to the German economy in tax, duties and social security payments.
Broadcast and media revenue was the biggest driver, reaching an all-time high of €1.25bn following the new four-year rights contracts which began in the 2017-18 season. That boost meant media revenue represented a full third of overall income, up from 28.5 per cent the previous year.
The DFL has witnessed an average annual growth of 8.6 per cent over the past ten years. The overall 2018 results are up 10 per cent – around €412m – over the previous year, while the €3.81bn revenue recorded by the top-tier Bundesliga represents growth of 13 per cent over 2016-17. 17 of the league’s 18 clubs generated revenues exceeding €100m.
Bundesliga 2 revenues declined slightly, to €608m for the year, although the DFL puts this down to the fact that Stuttgart and Hannover, among the most popular teams in the country, were promoted to the Bundesliga after the 2016-17 season.
While a far cry from the Premier League’s £7.6bn (€8.7/$9.9bn) contribution to the UK economy, the DFL is still able to boast of a positive societal impact. According to the report, 55,142 jobs are sustained directly or indirectly by the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.