The Reading / Listening - Premier League - Level 1

Premier League clubs paid over $3.7 billion in wages last season. A report showed that wages went above $3.5 billion for the first time. The report showed a 15 per cent increase in revenue for the League. Almost 60 per cent of revenue goes towards wages. This is up from 55 per cent from 2016-17. The Premier League's top six clubs, which include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, have the highest wage bills.



The Premier League is the most-watched league in the world. People in 212 countries watch it. The League makes a lot of money from television. However, the increase in wages has lowered the clubs' profits. These may go down in the next few years because of higher wages. It is harder for teams in the lower half of the League to make a profit. The bottom teams can lose up to $130 million if they go down from the Premier League.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Premier League - Level 0 Premier League - Level 2   or  Premier League - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/premier-league-clubs-wage-bill-almost-3bn-last-season-11702927
  • https://www.ft.com/content/d0855c6c-668f-11e9-9adc-98bf1d35a056
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league-money-rising-wages-sees-gap-widen-between-big-six-and-the-rest-a4125491.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. clubs paid over $3.7 billion
  2. wages went
  3. for the first
  4. increase
  5. revenue goes
  6. This is up
  7. The Premier League's top
  8. have the highest wage
  1. six clubs
  2. time
  3. bills
  4. above $3.5 billion
  5. in revenue
  6. in wages
  7. from 55 per cent
  8. towards wages

Paragraph 2

  1. the most-watched
  2. makes a lot of money
  3. lowered the clubs'
  4. in the next
  5. teams in the lower
  6. make a
  7. The bottom teams can lose
  8. if they go
  1. half of the League
  2. up to $130 million
  3. from television
  4. down
  5. league in the world
  6. few years
  7. profits
  8. profit

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Premier League (1) ___________________ $3.7 billion in wages last season. A report (2) ___________________ went above $3.5 billion for (3) ___________________. The report showed a 15 per cent increase in revenue for the League. Almost 60 per cent of revenue (4) ___________________. This is up from 55 per cent from 2016-17. The Premier League's (5) ___________________, which include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, have the (6) ___________________.

The Premier League (7) ___________________-watched league in the world. People in 212 (8) ___________________. The League makes a lot (9) ___________________ television. However, the increase in wages has lowered the clubs' profits. These may go down in the (10) ___________________ because of higher wages. It is harder for teams in (11) ___________________ of the League to make a profit. The bottom teams can lose up to $130 million if they (12) ___________________ the Premier League.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PremierLeagueclubspaidover$3.7billioninwageslastseason.Areport
showedthatwageswentabove$3.5billionforthefirsttime.Thereportsh
oweda15percentincreaseinrevenuefortheLeague.Almost60percent
ofrevenuegoestowardswages.Thisisupfrom55percentfrom2016-17.
ThePremierLeague'stopsixclubs,whichincludeManchesterUnited,Liv
erpoolandArsenal,havethehighestwagebills.ThePremierLeagueisth
emost-watchedleagueintheworld.Peoplein212countrieswatchit.Th
eLeaguemakesalotofmoneyfromtelevision.However,theincreasein
wageshasloweredtheclubs'profits.Thesemaygodowninthenextfewy
earsbecauseofhigherwages.Itisharderforteamsinthelowerhalfofthe
Leaguetomakeaprofit.Thebottomteamscanloseupto$130millionifth
eygodownfromthePremierLeague.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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