Poor relations Blackpool still £39m richer

Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher celebrates after scoring at Old Trafford
Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher celebrates after scoring at Old Trafford
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MANCHESTER United have become the first club to top £60m in season’s earnings from Premier League prize money and TV cash.

But Pool will be delighted with their haul – despite relegation and being the top flight’s lowest earners, they still raked in £39m.

Chelsea earned £57.7m, Manchester City £55.5m and Arsenal £56.2m.

The figures released by the Premier League also reveal the smallest difference in earnings between the champions and the bottom club 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 La Liga clubs.

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 TV. This season, each club received £13m as the equal share of domestic TV rights and £17m 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 £15m. Facility fees of £582,000 are paid to a club every time they play live on TV, with a minimum payout per club of £5.82m even if they are not shown live ten times.

The Premier League also pay out £15m in parachute payments to previously relegated clubs Hull, Burnley, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough. The three relegated clubs this season will receive the same amount.