The Reading / Listening - Premier League - Level 2

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



The Premier League is the top level of English football. It is the most-watched league in the world. People in 212 countries and 643 million homes worldwide watch it. The League makes a lot of money from television rights. The increase in the wage bill has lowered the clubs' profits. The report said profits at the clubs may go down over the next few years because of higher wages. It is harder for the teams in the lower half of the League to make a profit. The bottom three 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 1   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. A report on football
  2. an international accountancy
  3. a 15 per cent increase
  4. wages went
  5. for the first
  6. This is up
  7. The Premier League's
  8. the highest wage
  1. from 55 per cent
  2. finances
  3. top six clubs
  4. in revenue
  5. bills in the League
  6. company
  7. time
  8. above $3.5 billion

Paragraph 2

  1. the top level
  2. the most-watched league in
  3. makes a
  4. television
  5. The increase in the wage
  6. over the next
  7. teams in the lower
  8. make a
  1. lot of money
  2. half
  3. bill
  4. few years
  5. of English football
  6. profit
  7. the world
  8. rights

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK's Premier League (1) ___________________ $3.7 billion in wages last season. (2) ___________________ football finances from an international accountancy company showed a 15 per cent increase (3) ___________________ the League. It reported that Premier League wages went above $3.5 billion (4) ___________________ time. Almost 60 per cent of all League revenue goes towards wages. This is up from 55 per cent in the 2016/17 season. The Premier League's (5) ___________________, which include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, have the highest (6) ___________________ the League.

The Premier League is (7) ___________________ of English football. It is the most-watched league in the world. People in 212 countries and 643 million homes (8) ___________________. The League makes a lot of money from television rights. The increase in the wage bill (9) ___________________ clubs' profits. The report said profits at the clubs may go down over the (10) ___________________ because of higher wages. It is harder for the teams in the lower half of the League to (11) ___________________. The bottom three teams can lose up to $130 million if they (12) ___________________ the Premier League.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUK'sPremierLeagueclubspaidover$3.7billioninwageslastseason.
Areportonfootballfinancesfromaninternationalaccountancycompan
yshoweda15percentincreaseinrevenuefortheLeague.Itreportedthat
PremierLeaguewageswentabove$3.5billionforthefirsttime.Almost6
0percentofallLeaguerevenuegoestowardswages.Thisisupfrom55pe
rcentinthe2016/17season.ThePremierLeague'stopsixclubs,whichin
cludeManchesterUnited,LiverpoolandArsenal,havethehighestwage
billsintheLeague.ThePremierLeagueisthetoplevelofEnglishfootball.I
tisthemost-watchedleagueintheworld.Peoplein212countriesand64
3millionhomesworldwidewatchit.TheLeaguemakesalotofmoneyfro
mtelevisionrights.Theincreaseinthewagebillhasloweredtheclubs'pro
fits.Thereportsaidprofitsattheclubsmaygodownoverthenextfewyear
sbecauseofhigherwages.Itisharderfortheteamsinthelowerhalfofthe
Leaguetomakeaprofit.Thebottomthreeteamscanloseupto$130millio
niftheygodownfromthePremierLeague.

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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