Premier League football is back in full swing following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus. Liverpool are closing in on the league title while the remaining clubs looks to finish as high up the table as they can.
The Premier League is the most lucrative football league in the world, with Forbes reporting a total payout of £2.46billion last season.
Ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, a new three-year rights cycle began with the overall payout expected to increase by more than £180m.
Forbes say domestic rights have dropped by £400m but the sale of overseas rights have more than made up the shortfall.
International broadcasters will reportedly add £1.1bn to the fund over the three-year cycle.
Allocation of the prize money for the 2019/20 season also changed.
Until the 2018/19 campaign, revenue from foreign rights were distributed equally among the 20 clubs.
But Forbes report the increased income over the three-year cycle will be distributed based on a club’s finishing position in the league.
Equal Share – 50 per cent of the fund is equally shared between all clubs
Facility Fees – 25 per cent is allocated based on number of club’s matches broadcast in the UK
Merit Payments – 25 per cent is allocated based on league table position
Central Commercial revenues – Equally shared between all clubs
International broadcasting revenues – Equally shared between all clubs
Last year, each club received payments of £34m in equal share, £43m in international TV rights and £5m in central commercial revenue.
Manchester City, who won the league last season, earned £38.4m in merit payments and £30m in facility fees, taking their total prize money to more than £150m.
Liverpool took home over £152m despite finishing second, as the Reds had more games televised live.
Prize money figures for the 2019/20 campaign are yet to be confirmed.
Payments made to Premier League clubs may differ this year due to the financial implications caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which halted the season for three months.
The merit payments made based on finishing positions in the 2018/19 season are listed below:
Manchester City – £38.4million
Liverpool – £36.5m
Chelsea – £34.6m
Tottenham – £32.6m
Arsenal – £30.7m
Manchester United – £28.8m
Wolves – £26.9m
Everton – £25m
Leicester – £23.1m
West Ham – £21.1m
Watford – £19.2m
Crystal Palace – £17.3m
Newcastle – £15.4m
Bournemouth – £13.4m
Burnley – £11.5m
Southampton – £9.6m
Brighton – £7.7m
Cardiff – £5.8m
Fulham – £3.8m
Huddersfield – £1.9m
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