Sports World: Leading EPL clubs press for bigger share of overseas television rights

English Premier League "big six" argue that, in drawing the huge foreign interest, they deserve a bigger cut.
English Premier League "big six" argue that, in drawing the huge foreign interest, they deserve a bigger cut. PHOTO: AFP

Leading EPL clubs press for bigger share of overseas television rights

LONDON • English Premier League clubs are locked in an escalating row over how to divide billions of pounds of television rights.

Demands by the "big six" for a greater share of the soaring overseas income have divided the rest of the clubs. They are split 11-9 against the shift ahead of a vote next week.

On Wednesday, the "smaller" 14 clubs met to discuss the agitation of the richest for a greater share of the £3.2 billion (S$5.8 billion) from overseas broadcasting, which at the moment is split evenly among all 20 teams.

The six - the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - argue that, in drawing the huge foreign interest, they deserve a bigger cut. At a meeting in London, Richard Scudamore, executive chairman of the league, proposed a compromise whereby 35 per cent of overseas rights from the next set of deals would be divided on merit through finishing position.

THE TIMES, LONDON

 


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe