United receive £60m Prem cash

United earned £60.4million as the new record overseas TV deals
saw top-flight clubs bring in up to £7million more than in
2009/10. Blackpool were the lowest earners of the Premier League
but still saw £39.1million go into their coffers, while
Chelsea earned £57.7m, Manchester City £55.5m and Arsenal
£56.2m. The figures released by the Premier League also show
that it has the smallest difference in earnings between the
champions and the bottom club in terms of ratio of any major league
in Europe. England’s top club earned 1.54 times as much as the
bottom in TV money – down from 1.66 last season. In Spain, where TV
rights are negotiated on a club-by-club basis, Real Madrid and
Barcelona earn 12.5 times more than the smallest clubs in La Liga.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: “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 to each club in order that
they can plan from one season to the next. “Many have commented on
the competitive nature of this season’s Barclays Premier League.
“The clubs deserve huge credit for putting on a fantastic
competition. We believe the way we distribute broadcast income
plays a part in allowing each club to compete at the highest
level.” The Premier League distributes TV rights money based partly
on performance, partly via equal shares of TV income, and partly on
the number of times a club’s matches are screened live on domestic
television. This season, each club received £13.8million as
the equal share of domestic TV rights and £17.9million as the
equal share of overseas TV rights. On top of that, every place in
the Premier League table is worth £756,000 – West Ham received
that amount and Manchester United £15.1million. Facility fees
of £582,000 are paid to a club every time they play in a live
TV match – with a minimum income of £5.82million even if a
club has been involved in fewer than 10 live games. The Premier
League also pay out £15million each in parachute payments to
previously relegated clubs Hull, Burnley, Portsmouth and
Middlesbrough. The three relegated clubs this season will receive
the same amount.