Arsenal’s match against Manchester United on Saturday is being billed as the first ever “billion pound game”.
The title has been created based on the combined turnover of the two clubs. Arsenal have posted revenues of £424m, according to the Standard, whilst Manchester United earned £581m, giving a total of £1.05bn.
The article also points out that we’re just a few weeks away from the domestic TV rights sale for matches between 2018 and 2021, which could see an even bigger deal, and revenues increasing further as a result. Experts, however, believe the market is flattening out domestically.
That may not necessarily be the case, with rumours that Amazon and Google could get involved in the next round of bidding. The more parties that join Sky and BT in a bidding war, the higher the final price will end up, but we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.
Regardless, Arsenal and Manchester United are two of the powerhouses of the English game, and the match promises to bring in viewers from all over the world.
There will certainly be hundreds of millions of pounds of talent on the pitch, hopefully the match can live up to the price tag on it.