Man United tops Premier League broadcast revenue

Manchester United received 60.4 million pounds ($97.6 million) in Premier League broadcast revenue this season for a campaign in which it won a record 19th English championship.

The Premier League released details of its broadcast revenues this season, showing that United’s income increased 14 percent on the 53 million pounds ($85.8 million) it took last season – when it topped the list despite finishing runner-up to Chelsea.

With a quarter of domestic revenue distributed according to how many times a team’s games are broadcast and another quarter split in relation to teams’ league positions, United was always likely to take most cash this season due to its status as the most popular and successful of England’s 20 topflight clubs.

Chelsea was again second on the list, with its second-place finish and 22 live TV appearances earning 57.7 million pounds ($93.4 million).

”We believe that our income distribution mechanism, the most equitable of Europe’s major football leagues, rewards sporting success while also guaranteeing a significant amount of broadcast revenue to each club in order that they can plan from one season to the next,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said Tuesday.

Under the terms of the three-year deal that took effect this season, international broadcast revenue is split equally, giving each club 17.9 million pounds ($29 million). Half of domestic revenue is distributed the same way, with the remaining 50 percent going on the so-called merit payments and facility fees.

United had 26 of its 38 matches shown live on television, securing 13.6 million pounds ($22 million) in facility fees. Liverpool was next with 23 appearances, while Chelsea and Arsenal featured on 22 occasions and no club was shown fewer than 10 times.

Blackpool took a league-low total 39.1 million pounds ($63.2 million) in broadcast revenue as its debut season ended in a 19th-place finish and relegation on the final day.

”Many have commented on the competitive nature of this season,” Scudamore said. ”We believe the way we distribute broadcast revenue plays a part in allowing each club to compete at the highest level.”