- EPL stands for the English Premier League.
- EPL was created in 1992 as a way to make the on-field product more appealing.
To bet on Premier League action, it can help to know a bit of the background and some of the league’s enriching history. While the 2022-23 campaign marks the EPL’s 30th anniversary, elite soccer in England dates way further back.
What Does EPL Stand For?
England’s top soccer division, known as the EPL, stands for English Premier League, a league created in 1992 to realize the economic potential of football in the country that founded the sport.
But when did it all begin?
Sheffield FC was founded in 1857, while Cambridge University formed its club in 1856, representing two of the oldest active football clubs.
More well-known clubs, like Premier League outfits Crystal Palace (1861), Everton (1878), Manchester United (1878), Manchester City (1880), Tottenham (1882), and Arsenal (1886), are also steeped in history, all of which have at least 136 years of tradition to draw from.
What Makes the Premier League So Successful?
Also referred to as the Premiership or, far more seldomly, the British Premier League, the EPL was an almost immediate success and has since grown to one of the world’s most profitable and popular sports leagues.
According to Business World, the EPL reached a global audience of 3.2 billion people during the 20190-20 campaign, easily making it the world’s most successful soccer league. With gargantuan deals, like the one Amazon recently signed, there is no cap to how high the EPL can ascend.
According to the Guardian, the EPL took in over $5.5 billion during the 2017-18 season, almost a billion more than La Liga, the second most popular soccer league.
The EPL has the best managers, entices the most elite talent due to incomparably sweet salaries, and has a feverish worldwide following of diehard and recreational fans. In addition, it is played in the land that created the sport, further adding to the league’s overall draw.
Sponsors clamor to get in on the action, and, for the first time, international broadcasting rights (worth about $5.84 billion) have topped domestic broadcast rights (about $5.78 billion), demonstrating the EPL’s ever-increasing worldwide appeal.
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