City cash in on a record £60m winner's prize

MANCHESTER City's income from Premier League broadcast payments for last season was a record £60.6million - but even bottom club Wolves earned £39m.

The figures highlight the money available to clubs in the richest league in the world - and the fact that compared to many other leagues the split of the cash is not skewed massively towards the top sides.

Half the domestic TV cash and all the overseas rights income are split equally between the 20 clubs.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "The Premier League's income distribution mechanism rewards sporting success in the league while also guaranteeing a significant amount of broadcast revenue to each club in order that they can plan from one season to the next.

"It has been a fantastic season, arguably the best of all the 20 Premier League seasons, and the clubs deserve huge credit for the quality of football on show throughout 2011-12.

"We believe the way we distribute broadcast income plays a part in allowing each club to compete at the highest level."

Each club received an equal share of £13.7m from domestic TV money, £18.7m from overseas broadcast rights, plus £755,000 for each place they finished in the final league table - that was the sum received by bottom Wolves while champions Manchester City earned £15.1m.

On top of that, each club receives around £570,000 for each time they are featured in live TV matches - at least £5.7m but in Manchester United's case £13.5m after taking part in 26 live TV games. That explains why Tottenham finished below Arsenal in the league table but earned more - £57.3m compared to £56.2m - because they played in 23 live TV games, compared to the Gunners' 19.