Sunday 4 December 2016

Gunners earn £100m in league prize-money

Chris Bascombe

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million barrier in Premier League income this season. Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuter
Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million barrier in Premier League income this season. Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuter

Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million barrier in Premier League income this season, earning almost £8m more than champions Leicester City despite finishing 10 points behind them.

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Tottenham Hotspur's end-of-term collapse handed their bitter rivals almost £1.3m in prize money - known as 'merit payment' - to give the runners-up a total of £100,952,257 in league revenue.

Almost £21.5m of that was made up of so-called 'facility fees', which relate to the number of times a club is shown live in the UK during a season, in Arsenal's case 27.

History boys Leicester featured in just 15 live fixtures, netting them just over £12.5m of their £93,219,598 total income from the overall pot of £1,638,805,918 divided among Premier League clubs.

Although the champions topped the merit payment chart, which is based solely on league position, they were only joint ninth with West Ham in terms of facility fees. That put their overall income from the Premier League below that of Spurs (£95,222,320) Manchester City (£96,971,603) and Manchester United (£96,477,120), who finished between 11 and 15 points behind them.

They also earned less than £3m more than eight-placed Liverpool (£90,506,139) and not even £6m more than Chelsea (£87,273,407), whose 10th-placed finish was the worst by any champions in Premier League history. Both clubs' income dwarfed that of Stoke (£79,520,748), who were sandwiched between them in the final standings. Aston Villa's rock-bottom finish was more accurately reflected in the table of payments, which saw them net £66,622,215.

Third-bottom Newcastle (£72,846,635), however, earned more than any other club in the bottom six after appearing live on television 16 times. Both relegated sides and Norwich City (£67,116,698) will benefit from increased parachute payments under the new £8.3 billion Premier League television deal that kicks in next season, which should amount to £40m in year one. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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