The price of failure this season? A cool £9 million!

TV money
TV money
The latest figures for TV and prize money have been released, and they don’t make good reading for the finance wizards at Newcastle United.

The figures have revealed that revenue from prize money and TV income has dropped by roughly 20% following the disappointing 16th placed finish this term.

United’s high-flying fifth placed finish last season earned them £54.2m in TV and prize money compared to only (only, I know…) £45.1m this term. The reduction in revenue wasn’t all to do with league placing however as we saw ourselves broadcast less this term (16 times this season compared to 18 last season) which accounts for just over £1m of the difference, and it’s also worth noting that these figures don’t include any payments made for games broadcast in the Europa League, League Cup or FA Cup.

How is it all worked out?

Each Premier League team receives a fixed amount from UK broadcasting rights which is 50% of the total pot split between the twenty clubs equating to £13,803,038. All overseas broadcasting rights are also split equally between the twenty clubs giving each club another £18,931,726, or a total of £32,734,764.

This is then supplemented by “facility fees” which account for a further 25% of the total UK broadcasting rights pot which are awarded each time a team is televised. Each televised game is worth £578,326 with each club guaranteed to be shown at least ten times throughout the season. United were shown 16 times giving us facility fees totalling £8,654,602.

The remaining 25% of the UK broadcasting rights pot is then split depending on league position called “merit payments”, with each position in the Premier League worth £775,881. So QPR received the basic £775,881 with each position above that adding another £775,881. United finished fifth bottom so 5 x £775,881 = £3,779,405.

Equal share – £32,734,764
Facility fees – £8,654,602
Merit payment – £3,779,405

Add all that together and you get a total of £45,168,771. It’s all here on the Premier League website if you wish to have a nosey.

As mentioned earlier though these figures are for the Premier League only so they might not end up being as bad as they look right now and I expect a few million of that to be made back up meaning that in the end we actually won’t be too far off what we made last season.

Next season will be more interesting however. Manchester United earned just over £60m for winning the Premier league this season but that figure is expected to rise to roughly £100m for the eventual winners next season. It won’t be us so put those dreams on hold, but an increase in revenue should be felt throughout the league.

What happens with that money is an entirely different debate however…

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243 thoughts on “The price of failure this season? A cool £9 million!

  1. Aussie. Nice to see everybody busy dissecting comments from people they don’t trust and getting upset again. Chill


    what the hell has fletcher geting injured 😯 got to do with cisse lol in fact who gives 2 hoots if fletcher got injure or not certainly not this dude over here 😆


  3. B & B, I have been following this blog for years and I can certainly say I have been checking it less recently, in part due to your ongoing sniping. You are not a stupid bloke and you can make perfectly fair observations, but you’ re not that clever, mate, a bit of sarcasm, bit of irony, bit of jest, a lot of people have it but most know where the line is, so not to hammer it down everybody else’s throats.

    You do yourself and this blog a disservice by continuing your comments in this vain.

    Back to football. I for one will be hoping that Pardew morphs into something different and gets the ball on the deck, moved at speed and that he attempts to attack the opposition whether we are behind, level or in front. Probably will be disappointed, but if he is staying I will support him, and – like all seasons – hope.


  4. can we please ban BigDave and Troy for ganging up and bullying ppl again? they’re like bigDaddy and Giant Haystacks cloths-lining joe pasquale (B&B) or that bloke off Mad Max 3. Masterblaster, dave being the little dwarf on Troys shoulders 😛


  5. for the record, neither B&B or Troy showed up for my counseling session. 😕 With my caring nature and guidance, I reckon I could have made some inroads into their ****** up relationship :mrgreen:


  6. arrrgh, I’m torn Richie, we are talking about human beings here…..actually forget that thought 😆 😆 😆


  7. Today in the big bloghouse, two whiney brothers continue to ***** and moan, covering up their tears with intermittent smilies to make it seem like they’re not really suffering.

    Put it behind ya fellas, it’s pretty clear you two deserve each other 😆

    [email protected]’t you usually agree with me though? 🙄 😀


  8. I think someone is sulking after the convict jibes.


    See Troy, BB, that’s all it takes fellas 😆


  9. Not until you read and sign the 68 page dossier I left with you and you apologize for spoiling Christmas lunch!! 😆 😆 😆


  10. B+B again you have failed to answer my question @ 160 ❓
    I have no problem with you questioning people that you are speaking to but when your antagonizing someone you dont speak to just to try to get a reaction then thats not what the blog is about.
    I have told you that all your doing is spoiling it for other people as they dont want to come on here to see you try to snipe and wind others up.
    So either stick to the footie and stop antagonizing others, and if you cant stick to that maybe you should try .com for causing ****.
    I have tried to turn a blind eye to must of it but as I said when its hurting the blog then im sorry but the blog will win!


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