Manch­ester United top of the tele­vi­sion money tree

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL - By PAUL KELSO

MANCH­ESTER UNITED re­mained on top of the Premier League’s TV money tree last sea­son, pick­ing up the largest share of tele­vi­sion rev­enue thanks to their third con­sec­u­tive league ti­tle, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures that will be pub­lished next week.

United claimed a to­tal of al­most £51.5 mil­lion in broad­cast rev­enue last sea­son, £1.75m more than they re­ceived for winning the league in 2007-08, and £1.4m more than was re­ceived by last year’s run­ners-up, Liver­pool.

The in­come, which rep­re­sents around 20 per­cent of United’s turnover and is a record for Premier League win­ners, is de­rived from four sep­a­rate strands of broad­cast in­come.

The Premier League’s an­nual re­port re­veals that it dis­trib­uted just over £1 bil­lion for the first time last year, with £790m go­ing to the 20 top-flight clubs.

Half of the do­mes­tic in­come was dis­trib­uted equally, giv­ing each club a guar­an­teed pay­ment of just short of £14m.

Over­seas TV rev­enue, worth £192mn last year, is also split evenly, giv­ing clubs an­other £9.6m.

The re­main­ing 50 per­cent of the do­mes­tic money is split on the ba­sis of per­for­mance – merit pay­ments based on po­si­tion in the ta­ble – and fa­cil­ity fees for ap­pear­ing in live games.

Fin­ish­ing first was worth £15 mil­lion, and United fea­tured live more than any of their ri­vals, 25 times in to­tal, to scoop al­most £13m more.

Fa­cil­ity fees were re­spon­si­ble for boost­ing Liver­pool (24 live games) and Chelsea’s (20 games) in­come, and tellingly New­cas­tle also fea­tured 20 times de­spite be­ing rel­e­gated, bring­ing in al­most £10.5m. That con­trasted with a merit pay­ment of just £2m, and is in­come that will be im­pos­si­ble to re­place in the Cham­pi­onship.

The ta­ble re­veals that tele­vi­sion in­ter­est re­mains fo­cused on the big­gest clubs, with eight Premier League clubs – Bolton, Ful­ham, Hull, Mid­dles­brough, Portsmouth, Stoke, Sun­der­land and Wi­gan – re­ceiv­ing only the guar­an­teed min­i­mum fa­cil­ity fee of just un­der £6m.

Mid­dles­brough re­ceived the low­est pay-out, earn­ing just £31m in their rel­e­ga­tion sea­son.

The League made para­chute pay­ments of £70m to Cham­pi­onship clubs, and dis­trib­uted a fur­ther £136m through­out the game.

The Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived around £17m and the Foot­ball Foun­da­tion £15m.

The Foot­ball League re­ceived a fur­ther £11.2m in sol­i­dar­ity pay­ments and £5.4m for youth de­vel­op­ment. – The Tele­graph

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