Manchester United top of the television money tree
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