How the appeal of the Champions League makes soccer a global financial force

05/20/2013 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance

When this year’s UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund kicks off Saturday, it will be the culmination of a months-long tournament among Europe's top soccer clubs. But from a financial perspective, the Champions League is not just a European affair. Nearly 200 million people will watch the final worldwide, with around 2 million of those viewers residing in the U.S. The annual estimated gross commercial revenue expected from the 2012/2013 UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup is about $1.73 billion, according to UEFA.

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