Foxes due bumper deal if they win

LONDON • Leicester will earn £93 million (S$182.6 million) from the distribution of Premier League television money if they are crowned champions, £21 million more than last season, but the full financial value of winning the title will not be apparent to the club until next year.

The extra £21 million comes mainly in the difference in prize money - the champions will receive a merit payment of £25 million compared with the £8.7 million that Leicester received for finishing 14th last season.

On top of that, the club will get about £14 million "facility fees" for their appearance in live televised matches - £880,000 per game - compared with £8.8 million a year ago.

The rest of the money is the "equal share" received by all 20 Premier League clubs including income from overseas TV rights that works out to about £54 million.

Leicester are in the group stage of the Champions League and that will bring a guaranteed income of £30 million in prize money and television rights from Uefa, European football's governing body.

The bumper new Premier League television deal will also mean clubs' income shoots up by between 50 per cent and 60 per cent, depending on where they finish in the table next season.

As champions, Leicester would also be able to negotiate a substantially higher deal for shirt sponsorship and stadium-naming rights but they will not cash in on tickets, with season-ticket prices frozen for next year.

Leicester should double the £2.5 million the club earned from merchandise and replica kit sales. They sold out of replica shirts weeks ago - losing about £1 million in possible sales.

THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 01, 2016, with the headline 'Foxes due bumper deal if they win'. Print Edition | Subscribe