The Premier League wage cap: a well kept secret

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Published: Wednesday, 11 June 2014. Written by Daniel Geey No Comments
The Premier League’s (PL) latest handbook  contains a very important cost control  provision explained below. Many are unaware that the PL has implemented a soft wage cap in the PL that its member clubs are required to adhere to.

 

Short Term Cost Control

Rule E.18 states that
 
If in any of Contract Years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 a Club’s aggregated Player Services Costs and Image Contract Payments:
 
E.18.1. exceed £52m, £56m, or £60m respectively; and
 
E.18.2. have increased by more than £4m when compared with the previous Contract Year or by more than £4m, £8m or £12m respectively when compared with Season 2012/13;
 
then the Club must satisfy the Board that such excess increase as is referred to in E.18.2 arises as a result of contractual commitments entered into on or before 31 January 2013, and/or that it has been funded only by Club Own Revenue Uplift and/or profit from player trading as disclosed in the Club’s Annual Accounts for that Contract Year.”
 

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