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    Rugby Finance - State of losses in France

    The LNR has released its detailed analysis of the financial state of the pro clubs in France (TOP14 and PROD2). Its available in French here, should also be understandable to those with even basic grasp of the language as its mainly tables and graphs: http://www.lnr.fr/IMG/pdf/zRapportDN...B_20150413.pdf

    In a nutshell all but two clubs were loss making in the season 2013-14. The average financial performance for each of the past 10 years, bar one, has been a deficit. The average deficit has grown year on year. Subventions by various levels of local authorities (direct and through sponsorship) are over €1m/club/a.

    The average operating expenses are €21m/a in the TOP14 which have risen from €7.5m 10 years ago. About 60-64% of these are players wages and that ratio has remained pretty constant over the past decade.

    Interestingly average revenue per supporter (ticket prices I guess) over the past few seasons has been pretty constant at 22-24€ per head. Split of attendances are 44% season ticket holders (of some form), 41% individual match tickets and 15% invites/concessions etc.

    Does anybody know if similar figures for the Irish provinces are available?

    I think in all of the navel gazing over the French financial dominance we should remind ourselves that it may not be sustainable and that it is not producing results at the international level.

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    Its been widely known that Munster had a defecit last year.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Munstersrebel View Post
      Its been widely known that Munster had a defecit last year.
      But Munster is wholly owned by the IRFU, which does make money and has a long term interest in sustaining the team for the retention of current and development of future Ireland players.

      The French clubs are far less secure.

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        Originally posted by Munsterboy View Post
        But Munster is wholly owned by the IRFU, which does make money and has a long term interest in sustaining the team for the retention of current and development of future Ireland players.

        The French clubs are far less secure.
        True but just like in soccer they get €€€ from the govt indirectly.

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