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Who are the NRL's richest clubs?

Perth Red

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Wondering which NRL clubs operate off the biggest budgets, have the biggest revenues in the comp or general financial soundness? Appreciate this will be guesstimate as not all clubs publish their accounts. Here's a guestimate to get the arguments flowing (and before Sharks fans start crying in their apartment brochures I am basing this on now not in a few years) based on various news reports of financial performances of clubs and some annual reports where available.

1. Brisbane - Big Money backers, News Ltd owned, biggest money spending supporter base
2. Parramatta - Leagues club cash rich and putting in, large fanbase, limited corporate appeal at this time and run at massive losses covered by LC
3. Melbourne - Strong financial backers, large money spending fanbase, strong corporate backing
4. Roosters - Strong financial backers, strong corporate backing
5. Raiders - Strong League club backers putting cash in, limited fanbase
6. Bulldogs - Leagues club backing, large supporter base, strong sponsorship portfolio
7. Warriors - Strong corporate backing, large fanbase, one of the few to make a profit in recent times
8. Penrith - Large Leagues club backing but history of small football dept revenue
9. Cowboys - Strong supporter base and corporate backing, made one of the smallest losses in 2016 of the loss making clubs
10. Cronulla - Years of losses but new development clearing debts and improving long term financial picture
11. Souths - Large fanbase and rich owner but seem financially precarious to bad seasons on the field as revenue primary fan generated
12. Manly - Rich owners, small fanbase, poor corporate facilities impact
13. St's - League club funding drying up, running at losses, good corporate support

TBD -
Titans - New owners, very small fanbase, on the nose with corporates for now
Newcastle - New owners with Leagues club cash behind them, large fanbase, long history of financial strife
Wests - Newish owners, leagues club backing, sizeable supporter base, stadium issues impact game day revenue generation
 

Perth Red

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Easts seem to have found the Broncos salary cap loophole

Probably no coincidence that three of the richest clubs in my list have been found salary cap cheating and the two others are annually suspected of it! Only the Raiders make the Forbes top list with a clean reputation lol
 

King hit

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Penrith would be higher than 8th. Probably the biggest most profitable leagues club in Australia.
 

Perth Red

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Penrith would be higher than 8th. Probably the biggest most profitable leagues club in Australia.

They are but in terms of what they tip into the NRL club it seems more limited than say Parra? Also Panthers NRL club annual reports make for grim reading most years and revenue is pretty limited, only generating in the $12-14mill range from football operations.
I suspect they will be the second biggest LC funder of a NRL side along with Raiders, though Newcastle may take that spot now Wests own them.
 

Diesel

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Will be interesting to see which clubs fall into line with the off-field salary cap... enter Andrew Gee
 

mozza91

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Don’t know where they sit amongst other clubs but Wests Leagues Club in Newcastle (at a number of locations) make an absolute killing. Thousands and thousands of dollars of profit every single night.
 

muzby

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‘Large money spending supporter base’?

WTF does that even mean?
oversized cheques... duh...

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