Where Did Newcastle Finish In The TV Cash League Table?
Compared to countries like Spain, the TV cash is (surprisingly to many I’m guessing) relatively fairly shared out between those at the top and the bottom. Half the domestic TV cash and all the overseas rights income are split equally between the 20 clubs.
This of course makes the overall income split for clubs massively skewed towards the TV cash but it is especially overwhelming for those such as Wigan and Blackburn who make a pittance from other revenue streams.
Each club received an equal share of £13.7m each from domestic TV money, £18.7m from overseas broadcast rights, plus £755,000 for each place they finished in the final league table. On top of that, each club receives around £570,000 for each time they are featured in live TV matches (guaranteed at least £5.7million) 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 Arsenal’s 19.
The near one billion pounds (£968.2m to be precise) was shared out as follows.
The 2011/12 Premier League Cash Table
Manchester City £60.6m
Manchester United £60.3m
West Brom £46.6m
Aston Villa £42.1m
The table ends up being a combination of form and ‘popularity’, in other seasons we’ve generally finished best of the rest thanks to SKY and others wanting to put us on the screens, simply for their own hard cash reasons….ending up with a cash payout that had little to do with our league position!
This season Newcastle have latched on to the back of the big money earners and made almost exactly the same as Chelsea & Liverpool, with even the gap to the top two being roughly equivalent to that from Newcastle down to Everton.
However, even if Newcastle had ended up bottom half of the league (points!) table in eleventh they would have still earned marginally more than Everton despite being four/five places below them.
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