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Debt down but losses mount for AFL clubs

Fairfax reports today that the 10 Victorian-based AFL clubs managed to cut their debt levels but financial losses increased in 2015.

  • An analysis of the annual reports lodged by the 10 clubs showed them making a combined loss of just over $2 million last year from revenue of $501 million.
  • Better news was found in the balance sheets of the clubs, with combined debts falling to about $41.2 million last year, compared with $46.4 million in 2014.
  • McLachlan said the new deal could set the 18 clubs on the path to all being financially sustainable. He said total club debts had fallen by a couple of million dollars from $50 million at the start of 2015 and total profits had increased, showing the game was headed in the right direction fiscally.
  • However, the league could lose about $20 million this year primarily due to the increased cost of supporting 18 clubs in the last year of the current broadcast deal.


Jason Lassey

Ive been collecting and publishing Sports related crowd, financial, and ratings data here and on twitter for about 12 years.

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