Super League accounts show decline in sponsorship income

Super League (Europe) accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 show a pattern of sharply rising costs while its income was broadly stable.

According to the accounts filed with Companies House, the organisation’s wages and salaries bill rose from £246,781 in 2018 to £904,241 in 2019, a rise of 266 per cent with the average number of employees during the year rising from two to fifteen.

Sponsorship income declined from £2.024 million in 2018 to £1.675 million in 2019, but that income should rise in 2020 following the agreement with Betfred to extend its sponsorship of Super League at a level “almost 50 per cent higher than the existing deal.”

The organisation’s social security costs rose from £32,312 to £104,405, while its contributions to pension schemes rose from £5,000 to £30,000.

The total income from the sale of broadcasting rights for the year to Super League and the RFL was £33.9 million (up from £32.4 million in 2018), while £6.6 million was retained by the RFL to fund its activities as the game’s governing body.

Super League’s share of that income is £27.3 million, compared to £26.5 million in 2018.

£23,134,104 was passed on to the Super League clubs, showing a decline of £81,000 from the previous year.