I have a question about $. I looked at the payroll of a middle of the pack ( $ wise) EPL team. Roughy $90MM. In comparison, the average payroll of the NBA and MLB is roughly $120MM and the NFL about $220MM. I am sure roster size drives some of this disparity. These are quick estimates I eyeballed after a very quick google search and not presented as hard data..
One of the things that is intriguing (and beautiful) about the sport is the non stop (commercial free) play. I have said elsewhere that this may be what will push the sports popularity here in the US. Aside from selling ad space on jerseys, how do Euro soccer teams make up for the "lost" revenue from being commercial free?
I don’t know all the ins and outs but one cool way they make money is by loaning players. For example Achraf Hakimi, a Real Madrid player, is one of the best young backs in the world but he was too young and inexperienced to start over Marcelo at LB or Carvajal at RB, both world class players and tops at their position. So Hakimi is loaned to Borussia Dortmund for a large fee. This generates money for Madrid at the same time helping them long term by Hakimi gaining top flight experience in one of the major leagues and it helps Dortmund because he’s such a good player.