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The revenues generated by Europe’s top five leagues from their domestic and international media rights in the current sales cycles have increased by over 25% on the previous period, according to a new report from TV Sports Markets.

The revenues generated by Europe’s top five leagues from their domestic and international media rights in the current sales cycles have increased by over 25% on the previous period, according to a new report from TV Sports Markets.

The Football Media Money League report details that England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s Primera Division, France’s Ligue 1 and Germany’s Bundesliga are generating a combined Eur5 billion per season, compared to the figure of just under Eur4 billion per season earned in the last cycle. The Premier League remains to the fore, with total media-rights income of Eur2.206 billion per season, more than double the amount earned by the second highest-earning division, Serie A, which is on Eur974.5 million per season.

The Primera Division follows on Eur709.6 million per season, Ligue 1 is on Eur639.5 million per season and the Bundesliga is on Eur541 million per season. Despite trailing well behind both the Premier League and Serie A in terms of domestic media rights income, the Spanish top flight still produced the clubs with the highest total media rights income in 2012-13. Last season, Real Madrid earned a combined Eur178.4 million from rights to the Primera Division and the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona came a close second with Eur175.5 million from the two competitions.

Frank Dunne, editor of TV Sports Markets, said: “As we have seen this weekend with the UEFA Champions League deal in the UK, top football remains the most sought-after media content in the world and all the indications are that broadcaster appetite for the sport at elite level shows no sign of diminishing. Top league football, played out across a season, is invariably the single most important form of content for pay-television operators in Europe. Getting hold of it and keeping hold of it is the difference between pay-television companies delivering big profits to their owners or disappearing completely.”

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