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6 things we learned from Premier League prize money table

Date Posted,June 1, 2017

We all know the Premier League is megarich, but you never quite realise quite so cash heavy it is until the numbers are put in front of you.

The English top flight have released a list of what each side won in prize money this season.

The table shows that the Premier League has handed out almost £2.4bn in payments to their clubs, including £400m in prize money and £780m in TV rights.

The numbers involved are completely mind boggling – especially when you realise the income is higher than the GDP of 19 nations.

Here is what we learned from the prize money table…

The Premier League payments in full (Photo: xxxxxxxx)
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte kisses the Premier League trophy (Photo: PA)

Places mean pounds

Overall, merit money equates to final league position, and a cool £407.7million was on offer.

Each league position was worth an extra £1.94million, starting from the bottom up, which meant champions Chelsea earned themselves a massive £38.8million for finishing first, Tottenham got £36.8million for second and so on.

Swansea’s three wins in a row to end the season saw them rise from 18th to 15th – worth an extra £5.8million.

Chelsea celebrate their Premier League title and the most money (Photo: Getty Images)

Mo’ TV mo’ money

Liverpool and City both featured in more TV games than Spurs across the campaign, and the split of the £407.7million that goes out depending on TV appearances, meant that City were the league’s second highest earners (£146.9m) and Liverpool took home the third highest amount (£146.1m).

By contrast, Spurs took home £145.4million, leaving them fourth in the prize money payment table.

Slightly lower down, Manchester United’s three extra appearances on TV meant they made more in total than fifth place Arsenal.

More games on Sky equals more cash (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
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Also, Crystal Palace earned more than Stoke (having been on TV five times more), and West Ham earned more than West Brom.

As you’d expect more TV games means more money.

Sunderland pocket £93million for being an omnishambles

Sunderland were battered on the final day but still raked in £93m as they go down (Photo: REUTERS)

The Black Cats ended a miserable season bottom of the table.

And yet, despite picking up a meagre 24 points – winning on only six occasions – and featuring on TV just eight times, they still earned a cool £93million across the campaign.

£1.9million of that came through merit money; basically, that’s cash for being crap.

Watford’s late woes prove costly

Watford dropped from 10th to 17th in the final few weeks (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

It’s gong to be a busy summer at Watford. Walter Mazzarri has already been binned and Marco Silva has arrived at Vicarage Road.

The Italian fell out with players’ behind the scenes and the club’s dismal late season form proved costly…in more ways than one.

The Hornets lost their last six games of the season, falling from 10th on April 22 – when beaten by Silva’s Hull – to 17th come the close of the campaign and a 5-0 home reverse against Manchester City.

That dismal end-of-season collapse cost them over £13million.

The Premier League is Europe’s most equitable

Chelsea and Sunderland might have been worlds away on the pitch but off it the cash is relatively even (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Champions Chelsea earned 1.6 times the amount that bottom side Sunderland did.

As such, the England’s distribution of funds across its top tier is far more favourable than any of its rivals.

In La Liga, it’s almost eight to one from top to bottom, with even Germany’s Bundesliga – widely seen as the most level around – sees Bayern pick up altogether twice as much as 18th place Darmstadt.

Huge parachute payments

Newcastle celebrate winning the league with the trophy
Newcastle celebrate winning the Championship with the trophy (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
Huddersfield are about to enter the parachute payment agreement (Photo: REUTERS)

It’s reckoned that parachute payments make the Football League a worse place.

Certainly they offer Championship clubs dropping out of the top division a helping hand – particularly if those clubs are well-run off the field.

It doesn’t necessarily help clubs make an immediate return – Wolves suffered back to back relegations after dropping in 2012 after all. But it no doubt helped Wigan this year, taking £16.29million in payments in League One.

Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich all picked up £40.9million after exiting the Premier League last season, as the Premier League paid out £219.1million altogether to eight clubs.

£219.1million being paid out, effectively, for failure.

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