Latest Issue

Sporting inequalities

Gross inequalities of income pervade professional sport. A clear example is provided by the sponsorship of team shirts in football. At present, the most lucrative deal in Europe is the annual £15m paid by Libyan energy giant Tamoil to Juventus. In Britain, Chelsea’s £10m a year from Samsung is the largest. But this has recently been surpassed by Manchester United.

After Vodafone pulled out of its £9m-a-year deal with United to sponsor the Champions League instead, the Reds came close to securing an arrangement worth twice as much with the online casino Mansion. The proposal fell through, but…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect