Posted by Team, 24th April 2018
The Wolverhampton Wanderers have done it! Champions of the English Championship (2nd division) and promotion back to the English Premier League (EPL)!
It’s been a long-awaited return to the EPL for Wolves. After being relegated in 2012 from the EPL, the Wolves were relegated again down to League One (3rd Division) for the 2013-14 season. Luckily, the club managed to jump back into the English Championship the following year and are now headed back to the most popular league in the world, the English Premier League.
Global Image Sports have been partnered with Wolverhampton since 2011 and we couldn’t be happier for all involved at the club.
Promotion and relegation is a foreign concept for most Americans, so we thought it would be helpful to try and explain just how important this is for Wolves.
The most obvious benefit comes in the form of revenue. Shares of broadcast deals, facility fees, merit payments based on performance, shares of commercial deals, and other commercial gains bring in massive amounts of income. On average, promoted clubs look to gain nearly 300 million dollars! This is life-changing money for a club that is just a few years removed from the English Third Division.
To put it in an American context, the Durham Bulls from Durham, NC won the Triple-A Minor League Baseball Championship last year, while the San Francisco Giants finished last in the MLB. Imagine the fanfare and drama of those two baseball teams switching leagues! That’s what happens every year around the world of soccer, and this year Wolverhampton is on the winning end.
Under the leadership of head coach Nuno Esparto Santo and star-man Ruben Neves, Wolverhampton is finally back and all signs are pointing to an extended stay in the top flight. With the financial backing of Fosun and the massive gains from promotion, it’s likely the club will be able to keep their top players and strengthen the squad. In fact, many pundits believe that Wolverhampton would have fared well in the EPL this past season. With these expectations, the goal for next year won’t be to simply avoid relegation, but to push for a Top 10 finish!
Congratulations to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC!
If you’d like to attend an event this summer with Wolverhampton staff, we’ll be hosting Elite Player Camps around the country this summer! Go to gis.configio.com and find an event near you!