The Premier League TV money split for all 20 clubs has just been revealed for the 2014/15 season.
The income is decided by three factors.
Firstly, every club gets a ‘basic’ payment of £52.5m each.
Secondly, there is a merit payment for every league place, which equates to roughly an extra £1.2m per position up the league you are.
Thirdly, clubs get £750,000 for every appearance on live tv.
Newcastle United’s income for this season just gone is £75.65m, compared to Sunderland’s £66.95m.
Despite finishing only one place above, Newcastle’s TV money is £8.7m more, almost exclusively down to the number of times United have been on TV.
In fact, only five clubs have been on TV more than Newcastle this past season.
This once again proves that Newcastle are not just another run of the mill club, it doesn’t mean that as fans we should automatically expect to win anything, but it does tell us that the TV companies and other football fans (by virtue of the fact that the TV companies see it as good business sense having us on!) take more of an interets in us that most other clubs. This is despite, especially this season, there being an almost total absence of decent football.
Newcastle United, for better or worse, are a club/a story that other fans are interested in, as well as of course the NUFC fanbase tuning in.
Newcastle were on TV more than Spurs and Everton, as well as being on live TV roughly twice as much as every other one of the other twelve clubs, including Sunderland.
I bet Sky were rubbing their hands when Newcastle ended up featuring on ‘survival Sunday’ yesterday – NUFC’s involvement would have meant more viewers and more advertising revenue. Sky and BT Sport have not featured Newcastle so often because they like black and white stripes!
So third best supported team in England (10th in Europe) this season, 19th biggest turnover in the latest Deloitte World rich list of clubs, 18th most valuable club in the World according to Forbes and sixth most featured on TV.
All of this despite the football being rubbish and the club ran like a jumble sale by Mike Ashley.
TV money table as featured by The Telegraph:
Premier League club breakdowns above.