Simon Jordan has outlined the cost that Leeds United will suffer if the club can’t play the final five home games of this season with fans.
Talking on the Jim White Show (talkSPORT, Tuesday, 11am) Jordan worked out average costs from the clubs in the lower leagues in England, with games currently suspended because of Coronavirus.
He said that League 2 clubs would lose an average of £250,000 and League 1 clubs would be double that at £500,000.
He said the average Championship club draws a crowd of 19,000 and has ticket prices of £25. Given those figures, he said each club would lose £1.2m after costs.
However, Leeds get almost double that in each game at Elland Road so you can easily look at a loss of over £2m.
That’s a huge amount for a club who is desperately trying to balance its books with wages in a league that Andrea Radrizzani has already said are unsustainable.
It’s not an amount that’s going to put Leeds out of business – we hope – but it’s impossible to say the same about other clubs, especially some of the smaller set-ups who are more hand-to-mouth operations.
There’s no shortage of money in the game. Adding Premier League into the modelling, Jordan believes the game could lose £140-£160m across all four divisions.
Talking on Sky Sports (Sky Sports News, Wednesday, 2pm), Danny Mills said, “£40m would keep everyone alive below the Premier League. Now surely for the good of football we have to do the right thing?”
It’s time for the Premier League or the FA to make clubs good with no conditions attached.
These are unusual times and they require unusual stewardship from the people who’ve benefited the most from the fans’ money.
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