Newcastle United and 13 other top tier clubs met in London on Wednesday as a handful of clubs made a grab for a bigger share of the Premier League TV money.

The story has been broken by The Guardian, who report that Premier League Chairman Richard Scudamore presented a proposal to the 14 clubs on behalf of the six attempting to move the goalposts.

No surprise that the six clubs putting forward the proposal, are Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.

They want the Premier League to change the way that the money from overseas TV deals is distributed.

Ever since the Premier League format was introduced in 1992, the cash from overseas TV contracts has been shared equally.

However, recent years have seen that pot of money rapidly increase and it is expected to make another giant leap when the new TV deals kick in as from the start of the 2019/20 season.

At the moment, the domestic TV deals are worth around £5.1bn and the overseas deals approximately £3bn.

The current 3 year deal sees all Premier League clubs receiving £39m per year from the overseas deals, whereas a large proportion of the cash from the UK domestic deals depends on both league position and how often you are shown live.

Under these new proposals presented by Scudamore, 35% of the overseas TV cash would be decided upon league position as from the 2019/20 season.

The six clubs proposing the deal would no doubt argue that it is fair because any club could finish at the top end and get the bigger shares BUT the reality of course is that these clubs know they are all but guaranteed to be within the group who will grab the most money.

Any change in how the PL shares out the cash would need 14 of 20 clubs to support it and the good news is that The Guardian report that at today’s meeting 11 clubs ‘remained firmly opposed’ to changing how overseas TV cash is shared out.

It is shocking the greed of the handful, who already bank more money than the other clubs in all kinds of way, plus invariably they are the ones also banking Champions League money as a massive bonus.

The ‘big six’ are said to argue that because they are the biggest draw overseas then they should be entitled to more money but they miss the point that a league system needs 20 clubs, not just half a dozen.

The Guardian report that there will now be a meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs next Wednesday in London, to then finalise what the sharing arrangements will be.

I think the correct phrase here is ‘trying it on’.



  • Jimblag23

    If this goes through I’d laugh my a$$ off if say, us, Everton and West Ham made a surge and replaced the likes of Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal.

    • Danimal

      Spot on. The “natural order” has often changed over the decades and so it should. If this conversation was taking place 20 years ago it would probably have been us, QPR and Nottingham Forest trying to make a smash and grab for all the cash, at the expense of Spurs, Man City and Chelsea, who were nowhere at the time. It would have been wrong then and it’s wrong now. This “pull the ladder up” mentality is breathtaking but with the kind of ignorant, arrogant buffoons who run football clubs, it has always happened and will keep happening. Hopefully the rest of football will continue to fight against it.

  • Down Under Mag

    I’m surprised it has taken this long. However, if this sort of thing is allowed to happen then you may as well just start the super-league off and have done with it and let the rest of us actually get on with a more sensible brand of football without the need for financial muscle flexing of oil barrons and deals propped up on unsustainable TV money that the fans pay for in the long run with little to nothing going back into the game!

    • BenMagpie

      couldn’t agree more….let them form a league of six and let the rest of us get on with it.

  • Steve Smith

    Convenient that they’re not arguing over the domestic draw when we’re the second most televised club by Sky.

  • Andy Mac

    Pigs at the trough. Snouts twitching and squealing for even more money than they receive now ? The only surprise ? It’s taken these greedy grabbing aholes this long to try it on ?

    There would be no league and no TV money if it wasnt for the rest !

  • TheFatController

    I would think the timing is in reaction to their being taken to another level by PSG’s investment. Only PSG seem able to make inroads on Real’s CL domination – and don’t forget in Spain, the reason you don’t get a Valencia close to Barca or Real now is because they both keep the overseas rights individually and thus have more financial power – this is what the advantage the 6 PL clubs will be looking at and wanting

    So there you have it – keeping overseas money has meant Madrid and Barca are more dominant in their own leagues and also in the CL.

    When La Liga becomes dull because in a few years one from the big two have a bad patch and it become like Scotland currently, they may regret it.

    Also, I’m surprised the 6 in the PL haven’t yet lobbied for 6 CL places – although they probably have. No surprise that uefa offered a CL place to the Europa League winners …

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The financial fair plays going well isn`t it

    • Paul Patterson

      It might be a suggestion to offer a CL place to the winners of the FA cup, it might make the competition worth playing in to some owners . .

      • Danimal

        I think they should make 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th play off for the final CL place (funny how it started being called CL the moment non-champions were allowed in). I have always thought playoffs are a bit unfair for deciding promotion but if it’s good enough for the plebs outside the Premier, why not give the elite clubs a taste of it from time to time? This might make our glorious leader and about 7 or 8 other clubs a bit more interested in trying to finish higher than 15th and just surviving each year. The added uncertainty might also mean some of the usual suspects have to be a bit more careful with their spending – levelling the playing field somewhat. If the likes of Southampton, Stoke, WBA, maybe even NUFC??? were regularly gatecrashing some of the cash (and glory), surely it would spread the wealth and create a genuinely competitive league?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    With the new TV deals every club in the premiership could reduce the prices between 25-50% but the modern game is gripped by sheer greed.
    i hope i see the day when the whole lot goes BANG

    • Rich Lawson

      ”I’d love it,just love it”

    • Geordiegiants

      I think it will be sooner rather than later. Mobdro, Kodi, and the likes of EPLsite are getting easier to use and far more accessible. Its Sky that created the arm chair fan, and its Sky that will f, it with their greed.

  • Paul Patterson

    I fail to see how this is needed. The top six are already nailed on before a ball is kicked. Sometimes the top four change around but even if Chelsea/Man City drop out of the top four, they can absorb that for a season and they go out and spend £200m in the next summer window.
    @RonaldMcDonnald:disqus hits the nail on the head, ticket prices could be £10 across the board and wages could be £100k a week maximum. Instead we have £100m+ transfer fees, wages at £150k a week+ and tickets at £30 and up.
    The way forward is the German model, nowhere near as costly as the Premier League. Pubs going out of business because some can’t afford the stupidly high broadcast fees and households getting charged ever increasing subs.
    Yep, time for the Sky, BT bubble to pop and then the game can come back.

    • TheFatController

      Unfortunately they see it as needed to maximize revenue to beat FFP rules whilst catching up with Real and PSG.

      Thus the job of any CEO of a top 6 club is to maximize revenue that can be reinvested in players closer to the new £150m + stratosphere PSG have created …

      They’re concern is less the state of English football and more their ability to catch the top euro spenders. Long term vision is not in their remit

    • Andy Mac

      We can but hope PP. There are those who’ll say we wont be able to compete without Sky TV money but there’ll be bidders and clubs will just have to change their narrow minded ways and start performing at the hearts of each individual local community fostering the healthy two way process that used to be the norm in the past. As you say if its done in Germany, with at least 50% fan ownership, why not here ?

  • Coble’s Return

    What annoys me is that the quality of the players available does not improve at all. If these clubs are given more cash than they already rake in, they just increase the transfer fees and the wages of the same players. The abject failure of English clubs in the CL is evidence enough that chucking ever greater sums of money at the so called big 6 does not work. Having said that, Scudamore is a genius. How he consistently convinces TV networks in the UK and abroad that the Premier League is the best in the world is beyond me.

    • HarryHype59

      The performance of English clubs in the CL has declined as the top clubs become richer! In truth the EPL has become predictable and boring (Leicester aside) over the past few years!

    • Andy Mac

      Emperors New Clothes ?

      Eventually the world will realise that the PL is a substandard product in terms of the very best players, quality of performances and crowds. Last night’s home crowds, where English teams were in action, were far superior to the atmosphere generated at most PL games. The difference between Atletico’s home fans yesterday and those at Everton tonight is just off the scale.

  • HarryHype59

    I can remember a time when NUFC were part of the top six, then came Ashley!

  • MadMag83

    How long before they want a breakaway league? It does seem to be the wrong way around though. Surely the domestic deal should be shared equally, as all 20 clubs will have a large fan base in the UK. Whereas the overseas deal could perhaps be distributed on a per match basis, basically the more that team is screened live abroad then the more the get. I can’t imagine many overseas fans are tuning in to watch the likes of Bournemouth v Watford. For them it’s probably the top 6 that they’re interested in.