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Volume 6 No. 216


Arsenal announced half-year turnover of £136M from football activities on Friday, making its "lack of transfer business in January all the more difficult to understand," according to Tom Hayward of REUTERS. The figures covered the six months to Nov. 30 "and represent a 28 percent rise." The results showed a group loss of £2.2M before tax "but that was mainly caused by the investment" Manager Arsene Wenger made in his squad in the close season. Matchday income rose from £37.8M-£45M, "boosted by the return of the Emirates Cup pre-season competition and the Champions League qualifying fixtures against Fenerbahce." Broadcasting revenue went up from £40.1M-£52M "as a result of Sky and BT's new contracts with the Premier League" while commercial and retail revenue climbed from £27.7M-£38.4M. The club "also announced a new five-year kit deal with Puma that will come into effect in the next financial year" (REUTERS, 2/15).

Real Madrid's current 23-man roster will earn a combined €183.9M ($251.9M) for the '13-14 season, a club record, according to Óscar Zárate of MUNDO DEPORTIVO. Carlo Ancelotti, the highest-paid coach in La Liga, will make an additional €15.5M ($21.2M). Cristiano Ronaldo is the club's highest-paid player with an annual salary of  €35.3M ($48.4M). Ronaldo receives €17M ($23.3M), with the remaining €18.3M ($25.1M) going to the Spanish tax authorities. The club pays Gareth Bale €22.8M ($31.2M). After Ancelotti, Barcelona coach Tata Martino's €5.4M ($7.4M) salary is the second-largest in La Liga (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 2/14).

Wimbledon debenture holders "have been laughing all the way to the bank," according to Paul Newman of the London INDEPENDENT. One of the current holders recently sold a '11-15 debenture -- which cost £27,750 ($46,500) and gives the owner one Centre Court ticket for every day of the Championships for five years -- for "a remarkable" £90,000 ($150,700). With "only two years left on the current debentures," that means the purchaser paid £90,000 for 26 Centre Court tickets (one ticket for every day at this year’s and next year’s Championships) at an average cost of £3,462 ($5,800) per ticket. The "top price at this year’s tournament" is £148 ($250) for a ticket on men’s final day. The main reason why such high prices are paid is that if you own a current Centre Court debenture "you go to the top of the priority list for the next issue." That "will happen this spring," with the price for '16-20 debentures to be announced on April 24. Existing No. 1 Court debenture holders "will be second on the priority list for the new debentures." Wimbledon "will not reveal the price it is contemplating" for the '16-20 debentures, but they could cost in the region of £60,000 ($100,500) (INDEPENDENT, 2/14).