Premier League Clubs Set For Important TV Money Meeting

Chelsea won the title in 2016-17 - and received almost £151m from the Premier League
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Club bosses are preparing for one of the most important meetings in the Premier League’s history.

It comes amid a potentially damaging split over the way the next round of multi-billion-pound international broadcasting rights are shared.

Under pressure from the six richest clubs, the league’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore has proposed ending a quarter of a century of the equal sharing of international broadcasting income.

But despite a week of concerted lobbying, with a two-thirds majority required to approve any changes, Scudamore’s plan is set to be rejected.

Biggest TV deals
Competition Annual cost Total cost Duration
NFL (American football) $4.95bn (£3.24bn) $39.6bn (£25.95bn) 8 years (2014-22)
NBA (basketball) $2.6bn (£1.7bn) $24bn (£15.73bn) 9 years (2016-25)
MLB (baseball) $1.55bn (£1.02bn) $12.4bn (£8.13bn) 8 years (2014-21)
Premier League £1.7bn £5.14bn 3 years (2016-19)

The £3bn overseas deal for 2016-19 generates a £39m annual windfall for each club.

But new contracts for some international markets such as China and the United States for the next period between 2019 and 2022 have been booming in value. The so-called ‘big six’ – Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea – now want their greater global popularity reflected.

Some are understood to feel that the domestic TV market, currently worth £5.1bn, may be nearing saturation point. It is also thought some were worried by Leicester City’s surprise Premier League win in 2015-16, and are concerned about competing with the likes of Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid for the best playing talent.

Scudamore presented his plan – which would see 35% of the revenue divided according to league position – to the 14 ‘smaller’ clubs last week. But it has been met with resistance and he now faces a major challenge to broker some form of agreement.

The league is keen to reach a compromise before going into domestic rights negotiations, where worries over what the ‘big six’ could do next – if they are blocked – could create uncertainty.

Failure to reach agreement would inevitably revive concerns over the possibility of a breakaway of the richest clubs to form a European ‘super league’. More realistically, they could agitate to have more matches broadcast live, or revisit the idea of playing games abroad.

How The Income Has Changed

Premier League - How the income has changed

How The Division Works

Premier League - How the division works

What The Breakdown is

Premier League payment to clubs 2016-17
Club (UK live TV appearances in brackets) Prize money (£) Total payment (£)
Chelsea (28) 38,832,180 150,811,183
Spurs (25) 36,890,571 145,461,325
Man City (28) 34,948,962 146,927,965
Liverpool (29) 33,007,353 146,112,439
Arsenal (25) 31,065,744 139,636,498
Man Utd (28) 29,124,135 141,103,138
Everton (18) 27,182,526 127,800,699
Southampton (15) 25,240,917 122,450,841
Bournemouth (13) 23,299,308 118,237,066
West Brom (11) 21,357,699 114,023,291
West Ham (15) 19,416,090 116,626,014
Leicester (16) 17,474,481 115,820,488
Stoke (10) 15,532,872 107,062,381
Crystal Palace (14) 13,591,263 109,665,104
Swansea (10) 11,649,654 103,197,163
Burnley (10) 9,708,045 101,237,554
Watford (13) 7,766,436 102,704,194
Hull (10) 5,824,827 97,354,336
Boro (13) 3,883,218 98,820,976
Sunderland (10) 1,941,609 93,471,118
Total 407,737,890 2,398,515,773


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