Packers president Mark Murphy predicted earlier than final season started that the monetary influence from the pandemic could be “vital.” The NFL, certainly, was not immune from COVID-19 and the consequences on its backside line.
The Packers misplaced $38.8 million within the final fiscal 12 months that ended March 31, the crew reported Friday.
“It was the primary time we haven’t had a revenue in over 20 years,” Murphy mentioned, through Invoice Huber of SI.com.
The final working loss for the crew was earlier than the 2003 stadium renovation.
The Packers have been certainly one of 13 groups to play in entrance of no followers at house. The Cowboys led the league, averaging 28,187 followers at AT&T Stadium for his or her eight house video games.
The NFL’s smallest market crew, and the one one which publicly discloses its monetary data, didn’t have to faucet into its company reserve fund. Its native income dropped from $210.9 million in fiscal 12 months 2020 to $61.8 million in fiscal 12 months 2021.
The Packers reported $371.1 million in whole income, down from a report $506.9 million within the 2020 fiscal 12 months.
“COVID clearly impacted the Packers from a monetary perspective,” Murphy mentioned. “Our native income was considerably impacted. Nonetheless, we actually really feel that we stay in a powerful monetary place going ahead and that we are going to proceed to have the ability to present the assets for the group to achieve success each on and off the sphere. As all of us confronted well being and financial challenges with the pandemic, we actually really feel we emerged in an excellent monetary place.”
Nonetheless, the Packers’ nationwide income share was $309.2 million, that means the NFL’s 32 groups cut up $9.894 billion, a rise of $42 million with expanded playoffs serving to offset a number of the losses.
The league, with a 17-game common season, is predicted to surpass $10 billion for the primary time in fiscal 12 months 2021, which started April 1.
“It’s an actual credit score to the league that we have been in a position to play a full slate of regular-season video games and postseason video games,” Murphy mentioned. “It was actually essential. We knew if we have been in a position to get all of the video games broadcast that that will cowl all of our participant bills.”