Chelsea receive $269m bounty after EPL win

LONDON • Antonio Conte's first season in English football brought Chelsea the Premier League title and earned the champions nearly £151 million (S$269 million) in television fees and prize money.

The new, more lucrative Premier League broadcast deal meant that clubs enjoyed much greater revenue. Chelsea received almost £58 million more than Leicester did for winning the title last season.

The Blues' prize money for their victory came to £38.8 million, while "facility fees" for being shown live on TV in 28 of their 38 league games brought in another £32.8 million. An equal share of TV deals, domestically and overseas, plus commercial income, contributed about £79.2 million.

Tottenham Hotspur finished second, but are the fourth-highest earners. Manchester City and Liverpool both earned more than Spurs because more of their games were shown live on TV.

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Manchester United collected more than £141 million, which is £1.5 million more than Arsenal, despite finishing one place behind the north London club in sixth.

Although Sunderland finished bottom of the table and were relegated, they received £93 million.

Facility fees can make a big difference to a club's final payment, with matches involving the bigger clubs always more attractive to broadcasters. In 2015-16, Arsenal were top earners, getting £7 million more than champions Leicester.

Just as there was in the league this season, there is a relatively large gap to Everton in seventh place, with Premier League earnings of almost £128 million. There are then small gaps between the next 13 clubs.

Overall, the ratio between the highest- and the lowest-earning clubs in the Premier League was 1.61 to 1, the lowest among Europe's top leagues and fosters the perception of a fiercely competitive league.

The Premier League's undeniable appeal to broadcasters at home and abroad has enabled it to increase the money it distributes to clubs further down the pyramid, as well as on grassroots facilities and projects.

In the last financial year, the league spent £200 million in this area, about 7 per cent of its total broadcast income.

THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2017, with the headline 'Chelsea receive $269m bounty after EPL win'. Print Edition | Subscribe