Nice boost for Bolton coffers

But Manchester United are laughing all the way to the bank after

becoming the first club to top the £60million mark in earnings

from Premier League prize money and TV cash in one season. 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. Full list of

Premier League payments for 2010/11 (previous season in brackets):

Man Utd £60.4m (£53.0m) Chelsea £57.7m (£52.9m)

Arsenal £56.1m (£51.7m) Man City £55.5m

(£49.6m) Liverpool £55.1m (£48.0m) Tottenham

£53.1m (£49.5m) Everton £49.6m (£42.8m) A Villa

£49.1m (£45.9m) Fulham £47.4m (£38.2m)

Newcastle £47.2m (£12.4m)* Sunderland £46.4m

(£37.4m) West Brom £45.1m (£12.4m)* Stoke

£43.6m (£39.0m) Bolton £42.8m (£36.6m)

Blackburn £42.1m (£41.3m) Wigan £41.3m (£35.0m)

Wolves £40.6m (£35.8m) West Ham £40.3m (£34.7m)

Birmingham £39.8m (£41.1m) Blackpool £39.1m n/a

*£12.4m is parachute payment Earnings: merit money:

£756,000 per place in table (max £15.1m, min

£756,000); domestic TV cash equal share: £13.8m,

£582,000 per televised match (minimum payment £5.82m);

overseas TV equal share: £17.9m.