Shock top in Premier League rich list

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Cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter earned less from the Premier League last sea­son than all the other top five clubs, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures re­leased yes­ter­day.

Le­ices­ter’s fairy­tale cam­paign saw them fin­ish 10 points clear at the top of the ta­ble but tele­vi­sion rev­enue meant the Foxes still pock­eted less than Ar­se­nal, Tot­ten­ham, Manch­ester City and Manch­ester United. Ar­se­nal were the big­gest earn­ers, with their haul of £100,952,257mil­lion (F$315.38m) mak­ing them the first club in his­tory to re­ceive more than £100m (F$312.41m)from the Premier League. Clau­dio Ranieri’s side earned £93,219,598 (F$291.23m) in­clud­ing just over £24.8m (F$77.48m) in prize money for win­ning the ti­tle, but al­most £9m (F$28.12m) less than Ar­se­nal in “fa­cil­ity fees” as only 15 of their matches fea­tured live on tele­vi­sion, 12 fewer than the Gun­ners.

Le­ices­ter’s to­tal, how­ever, amounts to £21.6m (F$67.48m) more than they earned for the 2014-15 sea­son when they fin­ished 14th. Tot­ten­ham also pipped the cham­pi­ons, earn­ing a to­tal of £95,222,320 (F$974.87m), although their fi­nal-day ca­pit­u­la­tion to Ar­se­nal cost them an ex­tra £1.2m (F$3.75m) they would have made for com­ing sec­ond. Manch­ester City earned just un­der £97m (F$303.04m) and Manch­ester United only slightly less with a lit­tle over £96.4m (F$301.17m). Bot­tom-placed As­ton Villa still took £66.6m (F$208.07m). The rules of the 2015-16 sea­son mean that 50 per cent of UK broad­cast rev­enue was split equally, en­sur­ing the 20 clubs banked £21.9m (F$68.42m) each.

Over­seas tele­vi­sion rev­enue and cen­tral com­mer­cial rev­enue were also di­vided across the teams, pay­ing out an­other £29.4m (F$91.85m) and £4.5m (F$14.06m) re­spec­tively to ev­ery topflight club.

Le­ices­ter are also pre­dicted to pick up an ex­tra £50m (F$156.21m) from play­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son.

Le­ices­ter City club owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha.

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