Spurs snatch fourth place...but only in the TV cash stakes
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Spurs earned almost £56million, putting them behind champions Manchester United, Manchester City and North London rivals Arsenal —but ahead of Chelsea.
Andre Villas-Boas’ exciting brand of football may not have earned a Champions League slot.
But it did wow broadcasters who between them showed 21 of Spurs’ league matches live but only 16 of Chelsea’s.
That gave Tottenham almost £2.5m more in “facility fees” than Chelsea, whose total earnings were just shy of £55m despite finishing third in the Premier League.
United were top of the money table with£60,813,999, a record amount of TV cash earned by one club in a season.
That total was made up of a £15,117,620 merit payment for finishing in first place, £12,961,615 in facility fees for having 25 league matches shown live (more than any other club) and the “equal share”payments from the domestic and overseas TV pots of £13,803,038 and £18,931,726 respectively.
QPR’s reward for coming bottom of the heap was a tidy£39,752,462 — with only £755,881 as a merit payment to reflect their performance.
But next season the club who finish 20th are likely to earn £60m in television money thanks to the incredible new deals with Sky, BT Sport and overseas broadcasters like NBC.
Factor in the increase in parachute payments and it means Watford and Crystal Palace will be playing for a £120m jackpot when they meet in the Championship Play-Off Final on Monday.