Shock top in Premier League rich list
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.