The figures for TV money received by each club have been revealed, and Newcastle raked in a cool £54.2m from their share of TV rights and prize money from the season.
That figure is a jump of £8m from last season where we brought in just over £46m although most of that can be attributed to finishing 5th instead of 12th.
The top earners were, unsurprisingly, the two Manchester clubs with City coming out on top yet again although both clubs scooped just over £60m for their efforts. Tottenham came third, followed by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool with us sitting in 7th place. The full table is as follows:
1. Manchester City £60.6m
2. Manchester United £60.3m
3. Tottenham £57.3m
4. Arsenal £56.2m
5. Chelsea £54.4m
6. Liverpool £54.4m
7. Newcastle £54.2m
8. Everton £48.9m
9. Fulham £47.4m
10. West Brom £46.6m
11. Swansea £45.9m
12. Norwich £45.6m
13. Sunderland £44.4m
14. Stoke £43.6m
15. QPR £43.3m
16. Wigan £42.8m
17. Aston Villa £42.1m
18. Bolton £40.6m
19. Blackburn £40.3m
20. Wolves £39.1m
So how have we got to this figure?
Well essentially it’s all about league position and how many games you’ve been on TV for. Each club is guaranteed £32.4m as an equal share of the pot for domestic and overseas TV rights – £13.7m domestic and £18.7m overseas. It is then topped up as follows.
Each club is awarded £755,000 for each league position they finish in. Wolves finished bottom and got just the flat £755,000 whereas we finished 5th so received £12.08m.
Each club then gets another £570,000 per televised game, with a guaranteed minimum amount of £5.7m for each club. We’ve had 15 I believe which takes us up to the £52.4m.
What these figures show is that there isn’t too much difference between us and those at the top of the table. We brought in similar amounts to Chelsea and Liverpool and we’re only £6m off the top earners at Manchester City.
It also shows that we’re only £14m from what the bottom team picked up, which shows how important it is to be in the Premier League as the difference in prize money isn’t that great from top to bottom.
This is where other resources, like sponsorship, merchandising and prize money from other sources comes into play. We may be 7th in this table, albeit only a whisker away from Chelsea and Liverpool, but when you take everything into consideration that gap in income will be much bigger.
Still, £54.2m is not to be sniffed at and will pretty much cover our wage bill, leaving other income streams to be used for other stuff, like maybe team strengthening.
Well, one can dream…