2013 11 14 Retrieve
[Man Utd post club-record revenue in Q1] We are pleased to have achieved another record first quarter, driven by the strength of our commercial business and increased broadcasting revenues. Our unique approach to the commercial business will continue to drive future growth
[United are also set to benefit from BT’s £897m deal which secured television rights to broadcast Champions League and Europa League matches for three years from 2015] We are also excited by the continuing rise in the value of sports content, evidenced, amongst other things, by the recently announced BT deal for the UK rights to broadcast the Champions League and Europa League matches for three seasons from 2015/16
This deal represents a meaningful increase over the current arrangement, which should translate into higher broadcasting revenues for the participating clubs
2016 04 03 Retrieve
[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] Bobby is, quite simply, the most iconic figure in English football history. A player, a diplomat, a gentleman and a tireless worker for charity, he represents everything that is good about football and Manchester United
2016 05 23 Retrieve
[Manchester United confirm Van Gaal sacking] I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club [and securing him a title in four different countries]. He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.
2019 04 29 Retrieve
[What does Ed Woodward do?] Our debt, taking a house comparison, is like a mortgage. And it’s small relative to the value of the business. And the person living inside it is getting richer and richer and richer in terms of income every year. We’re verging on £100m more a year of commercial revenue than when the Glazers bought the club
[Woodward had argued that a club as large in nature as United could not afford to ignore the potential draw of foreign countries in the United States and Asia] America and Asia are the two core places we tend to go to and both of them deliver a huge amount. The Premier League has been very clear in saying America is the No. 1 developing market. It may be strange to describe the US as a developing market but if you look at the stats from the World Cup, the NBC numbers were two and a half times the previous Fox and ESPN [World Cup] numbers and despite finishing seventh we were the No1 most watched team. This is a very good country [for us] from a potential sponsorship perspective, a potential media perspective. We’ve got more fans here than we have in the UK
2020 04 26 Retrieve
[Ed Woodward cast doubt on the feasibility of big-money signings due to the financial devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic] Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football,” he told a United fans’ forum via conference call. It may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.
As ever, our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.
On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport