Aberdeen Part of Independent Review of SPFL

Aberdeen are part of a group of five SPFL clubs that have appointed Deloitte to conduct an independent review of the SPFL to find “significant additional revenues for the benefit of all”.

Aberdeen, along with Hibs, Hearts , Dundee Utd and Dundee have formed the review with the agreement of the SPFL which will cover commercial growth, The SPFL brand, SPFL structure, governance, organisation, resources and competition and strategic projects.

The five clubs insist it is “not about redistribution of existing income sources in favour of so-called ‘bigger clubs’,” adding that “a rising tide lifts all ships”.

It is hoped the annual distribution to member clubs can be increased from its current level of £27m a year to “at least £50m” within the next five years.

They go on to say improved revenues will help produce “better, more technically gifted players”, to compete in Europe and for Scotland.

The SPFL was formed in June 2013 following a merger between the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League.

Chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “We wholeheartedly welcome and support any initiative that has the good of the game at its heart.”

Key Points

  • The strategic review will include independent recommendations. These will be based on consultations with stakeholders and the review of available data and insight, informed by Deloitte’s extensive expertise in the sports business.
  • This review is being undertaken with a view to identifying how the SPFL can significantly increase the annual distribution of revenues to Member Clubs.
    This is not about redistribution of existing income sources in favour of so-called ‘bigger clubs’. The Clubs are seeking to unlock new revenues and grow the Scottish game as a whole where ‘a rising tide lifts all ships’.
  • We believe that unlocking new revenues will allow us to, amongst other things, produce better, more technically gifted players, to compete in European Club competitions and at national level.
  • The SPFL board has endorsed this important review that the Clubs have commissioned with Deloitte and welcome the support and engagement of all who share our ambition to grow the Scottish game via a clear vision, strategy, and set of goals.

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