FA Cup cash re­vamp could help all clubs to ben­e­fit

The Football League Paper - - FLP FOCUS ON: LEEDS UNITED - By Sam El­liott

THE FA Cup could be in line for its big­gest fi­nan­cial shake-up ever – and that may pro­vide a cash boost to EFL clubs.

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion are be­lieved to be de­bat­ing rad­i­cal plans to do away with live broad­cast fees for se­lected tele­vi­sion matches and in­stead size­ably en­hance the prize fund, mean­ing more clubs share the com­pe­ti­tion’s wealth.

First round win­ners cur­rently bank £18,000, which in­creases to £27,000 in the sec­ond. Win­ners from this week­end’s tie take home £67,500 – and it is un­der­stood those fig­ures could be at least dou­bled in the years ahead.

Third round matches se­lected for TV this week­end have en­raged many af­ter ev­ery sin­gle Non-League club was ig­nored and what are seen as more at­trac­tive games in­volv­ing EFL sides have also been shunned.

That re­jec­tion cost clubs a £144,000 live fee – with Premier League heavy­weights Manch­ester United, Manch­ester City, Ar­se­nal, Liver­pool and Tot­ten­ham again all cho­sen.

Satur­day’s match at Old Traf­ford with Cham­pi­onship Read­ing is the 55th suc­ces­sive time 12-time win­ners Manch­ester United have been broad­cast live in the FA Cup.

Non-League sides in par­tic­u­lar have taken the brunt of the sched­ul­ing de­ci­sions. Sut­ton United, Bar­row and Stour­bridge, three of five in ac­tion yes­ter­day, have all gone pub­lic with their dis­ap­point­ment that their ties were over over­looked for the lu­cra­tive live slot.

The FA have no say in which matches are se­lected, with the BBC and BT Sport ex­ec­u­tives given free-rein to pick the ties they want to show.

Dis­com­fort has been grow­ing for quite some time with the coun­try’s rich clubs get­ting richer and the ro­mance of the com­pe­ti­tion ig­nored be­cause of such rat­ing chas­ing – but, ac­cord­ing to

The Times, that could be about to change.

Un­der new pro­pos­als, the tele­vi­sion fees would be abol­ished, with prize money across the board be­ing sub­stan­tially in­creased.

The FA re­cently agreed a six-year TV deal for over­seas rights worth in the re­gion of £820m.

It is be­ing re­ported that the gov­ern­ing body have recog­nised the fact that some of the big­gest clubs in the land con­tinue to be cho­sen - and thus pick up the lu­cra­tive tele­vi­sion fees – while clubs lower down the pyra­mid are miss­ing out on what could be a cru­cial amount of money for them.

It is un­der­stood that a stan­dard TV fee of some sort may still be given to clubs. This would be a form of com­pen­sa­tion due to the ex­tra costs for a broad­cast taken into con­sid­er­a­tion – as well as the fact that a tele­vi­sion match could im­pact on at­ten­dances.

AL­WAYS ON TV: Manch­ester United in the FA Cup

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