The German professional football has expectantly made immense losses through the Corona Pandemic. As can be seen from the “DFL Economic Report 2022” published on Friday, the revenue minus of the first and second divisions in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons marked by Corona amount to more than one billion euros. In the 2020/21 season, the total loops of the two toplies fell to 4.05 billion euros.

“Corona had already dramatically economic effects on the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga in the past two years,” said the new DFL managing director Donata Hops: “Unfortunately, this also concerns the currently running season – especially because the grandstands remain empty again had to. ” Through the few ticket sales alone, the presence of matchday revenues broke 95 percent from 650 million to 35.5 million euros.

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In addition, in the current season 2021/22, the proceeds from the exploitation of German-speaking media rights as well as from international marketing are lower. “We experience an unprecedented turf. The time of almost self-evident growth seems over,” Hops said, “Without a doubt, our development will be massively influenced in the next few years. But big challenges always offer great opportunities.”

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It would like to find together with all clubs “new ways” to make the German professional football along “our traditions and values” future-proof, the DFL boss led out. Despite the losses, the clubs of the two topliges paid for the 2020/21 season to taxes and duties.