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ManU emerged as the EPL's top earner when it comes to TV revenue, according to Tom Sharp of the LONDON TIMES. The champion's total income from TV for the '12-13 campaign was £60.8M ($92.2M), but even the division’s bottom club "will earn more than that next season under the terms of the new broadcasting deal." The Premier League is close to finalizing a deal worth an estimated £5.5B ($8.3B) in broadcasting rights for the '13-16 period, amounting to £2B ($3B) more than at present. Next season’s champions will be close to earning £100M ($152M) in broadcast revenue while the last-placed side will see earnings that increase from £39.8M ($60.4M) to approximately £63M ($95.6M). Despite the financial gulf between the Premier League’s top and bottom sides, the division "distributes half its total money made from television, as well as dividing revenue from domestic and overseas deals equally between all 20 clubs" (LONDON TIMES, 5/21). In London, Owen Gibson reported according to the Premier League's formula, which officials insisted "make it fairer than most of its rivals, half of its domestic broadcasting income and all of its overseas TV money is split equally between the 20 clubs." Of the rest, half is split as "merit money" and awarded according to where a club finishes in the table and the rest paid in "facility fees" depending on how many times a club is shown on TV by Sky. Under the '10-13 deal, which expired this season, each club received a £13.8M ($21M) equal share each season plus £18.9M ($28.7M) from overseas rights. ManU "earned the most from the facility fees," totaling £12.9M ($19.6M) from 25 live appearances. (GUARDIAN, 5/21).
PAYS TO BE AT THE TOP: Also in London, Jack de Menezes reported "the huge sums once again demonstrate the financial importance of being in the top flight" (INDEPENDENT, 5/21). In London, Nik Simon wrote Chelsea "may have beaten Arsenal and Tottenham to third place in the Premier League," but it did not "win the battle for television revenue." Roman Abramovich’s side "was broadcast just 16 times this season compared to 21 Spurs and 22 Arsenal games." Chelsea's lack of TV coverage means that Chelsea received £54.9M ($83.3M) of revenue compared to £55.9M ($84.8M) at White Hart Lane and £57.1M ($86.6M) at the Emirates (EVENING STANDARD, 5/21).
Premier League TV Payments '12-13
Team Equal share Facility Fees Merit Payment Overseas TV Total Payment Arsenal 13,803,038 11,525,944 12,849,977 18,931,726 57,110,685 Aston Villa 13,803,038 7,697,488 4,535,286 18,931,726 44,967,538 Chelsea 13,803,038 8,654,602 13,605,858 18,931,726 54,995,224 Everton 13,803,038 7,697,488 11,338,215 18,931,726 51,770,467 Fulham 13,803,038 5,783,260 6,802,929 18,931,726 45,320,953 Liverpool 13,803,038 11,525,944 10,582,334 18,931,726 54,843,042 Man City 13,803,038 11,047,387 14,361,739 18,931,726 58,143,890 Man Utd 13,803,038 12,961,615 15,117,620 18,931,726 60,813,999 Newcastle 13,803,038 8,654,602 3,779,405 18,931,726 45,168,771 Norwich 13,803,038 5,783,260 7,558,810 18,931,726 46,076,834 QPR 13,803,038 6,261,817 755,881 18,931,726 39,752,462 Reading 13,803,038 5,783,260 1,511,762 18,931,726 40,029,786 S'hampton 13,803,038 5,783,260 5,291,167 18,931,726 43,809,191 Stoke 13,803,038 5,783,260 6,047,048 18,931,726 44,565,072 S'derland 13,803,038 7,697,488 3,023,524 18,931,726 43,455,776 Swansea 13,803,038 5,783,260 9,070,572 18,931,726 47,588,596 Tottenham 13,803,038 11,047,387 12,094,096 18,931,726 55,876,247 W Brom 13,803,038 5,783,260 9,826,453 18,931,726 48,344,477 West Ham 13,803,038 7,697,488 8,314,691 18,931,726 48,746,943 Wigan Ath 13,803,038 5,783,260 2,267,643 18,931,726 40,785,667
Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich "has received the most money from the German Football League's (DFL) TV-rights deal," according to the DPA. The Munich club received a reported €36M ($46M) in TV money and therefore €6M ($7.7M) more than Bayer Leverkusen, which is second on the list with €29.8M ($38.3M). The duo is followed by local rivals Schalke 04 (€29.5M/$38M) and Borussia Dortmund (€29.5M). The Bundesliga team "that received the smallest TV money share," according to the list compiled by German magazine kicker, was relegated Greuther Fürth with only €14.4M ($18.5M). The DFL distributed a total of €507.1M ($652.5M) to the 36 professional 1st and 2nd Bundesliga teams (DPA, 5/21).
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland conceded that "the governing body might need to consider implementing a social media policy in light of the recent David Warner Twitter controversy," but insisted that "he will continue to encourage players to use the forum," according to Angela Habashy of the AAP. Warner "is expected to plead guilty at Wednesday's hearing after being charged with breaching CA's code of conduct over his Twitter attack on two journalists on Saturday." Sutherland said that "there had been no discussions about developing a social media policy for players," but admited that "it might be something CA needs to consider." Sutherland said, "We haven't (discussed having a policy) so far. We've worked with our players and helped them in training and development and understanding the pitfalls of it" (AAP, 5/21).
STAYING CONNECTED: In Sydney, Peter Kogoy reported Sutherland "wants players to continue interacting with fans on social media." Sutherland said, "Absolutely (I'll encourage players to use social media) -- it's very important. In a broad sense, it is a fine line between saying the right thing and not. We at Cricket Australia are certainly conscious of encouraging our players to speak out when appropriate" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/22).