07.04.20 Quarterly Insight

EFL clubs face £170m losses if season cancelled

Sportcal has written about the findings of Oakwell’s latest research report – which analyses the financial impact and disruption Covid-19 is likely to have on the EFL. Our research shows the current crisis will increase the pressure on an already unsustainable business model, and suggests that a ...

02.04.20 News Features

The Telegraph: Did English rugby ever realise scale of RFU handouts?

The sustainability of rugby in tiers below the top leagues is a challenge faced all around the world. As reported in The Daily Telegraph, Oakwell was delighted to give the RFU an independent overview of its place in rugby union’s economic ecosystem. Full article below: In November 2017, the R...

02.04.20 News Features

The Athletic: Going Up, Going Down Podcast

Covid-19 is affecting the business of all sports. The EFL is one such example and Andrew Umbers, Partner at Oakwell Sports Advisory, joined the popular podcast ‘Going up Going down’ – produced by ‘The Athletic’ sports journalism website - to talk about it. Andrew discussed the long-term finan...

25.03.20 Quarterly Insight

Sport must adapt to survive after Covid-19

As the global economy reels from the shock of Covid-19, and citizens take refuge in their homes, one of the usual consumer distractions – sport – is facing serious economic headwinds of its own. Widespread sporting cancellations means that no sport is immune, with the financial impact ranging fr...

01.08.19 Quarterly Insight

Is there renewed global interest in Premier League clubs?

Newcastle United’s potential sale has drawn attention from a range of credible takeover parties, but is this a sign there is an overall renewed interest in Premier League clubs from within the Asian, US and Middle Eastern investment communities? Firstly, Newcastle United should not be a club t...