SBD/Issue 165/Leagues & Governing Bodies

EPL Teams Earn Almost $1.59B As Part Of Payout From TV Deal

Manchester United Could Earn About
$154M Payout This Season From TV Deal
The English Premier League's (EPL) "massive television income has boosted payments" to its 20 teams by almost $584M (all figures U.S.), as the clubs for the '07-08 season earned a combined $1.59B, according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. Manchester United (ManU), as league champions, received a $96.4M payout, tops in the league, while last place Derby County earned $57.0M. And if ManU next Wednesday defeats Chelsea to win the Champions League, ManU "can expect another" $58.4M, and the combined total of about $154M would be the "biggest payout in world football." Each EPL club, as part of the league's equal revenue-sharing deal, receives a flat fee of $44.4M from the TV broadcasting deals, worth $5.25B over three years. And ManU as the "most-watched club in the country," took an additional $23.5M from the "25 live matches in which they were featured." ManU earned the remaining $28M of their payout for winning the EPL. EPL execs said that the league's new payment structure "ushered in by the record television deal is fairer to small clubs, although the gap between top and bottom has widened" from $29.8M to about $39M. However, under the new deal, all EPL clubs "will receive a huge increase in their payments, with some almost doubling their money." Eason noted the EPL gives about $243.3M of the TV deal to the Football League, charities and other various causes, which puts the "extraordinary amount of money pumping through English football into context," as 10 years ago $243.3M was the EPL's total revenue (TIMESONLINE.co.uk, 5/15).
TELEVISION REVENUE FOR EPL CLUBS FOR '07-08 SEASON
(all figures in $USD)
CLUB
'07-08
'06-07
ManU
$96.4M
$62.5M
Chelsea
$89.1M
$60.4M
Arsenal
$91.5M
$56.7M
Liverpool
$88.7M
$55.5M
Everton
$82.3M
$49.5M
Aston Villa
$82.7M
$43.0M
Blackburn
$78.6M
$43.0M
Portsmouth
$79.0M
$45.0M
Manchester City
$77.6M
$41.1M
West Ham United
$72.0M
$41.3M
Tottenham Hotspur
$70.4M
$53.4M
Newcastle
$76.7M
$41.5M
Middlesbrough
$66.9M
$40.1M
Wigan
$65.3M
$36.0M
Sunderland
$65.8M
$12.7M*
Bolton
$62.6M
$48.1M
Fulham
$61.3M
$39.9M
Reading
$59.9M
$46.2M
Birmingham
$58.3M
$12.7M*
Derby County
$57.0M
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EPL TOTALS
$1.6B
$983.5M

NOTES: * = denotes parachute payment for clubs promoted from the Coca-Cola Championship. Total payout to the 20 EPL clubs, excluding parachute payments, was $1.5B, up from $907.3M in '06-07.

GREAT SEATS: In London, Glenn Moore reports the EPL's attendance for the '07-08 season of 13,734,837 is a "competition record, and the highest top-flight aggregate since" '72-73, when there were 82 more games. There is "room for growth, but not much without more stadiums being developed, or the controversial expansion overseas" (London INDEPENDENT, 5/16).

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