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How much do you get for winning the Premier League 2021/2022?

Let’s face it, club football’s all about money. The more a team has, the better its players and coaching staff are. A rich club’s facilities are better than their poor neighbour, and they generate more revenue through sponsorship and gate receipts. In previous seasons, the Premier League has published the prize money figures. That stopped for the 2020/2021 season, so we have used figures based on the league’s expected revenues for this season.

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How’s the money split?

The twenty clubs in the Premier League will share £2.6 billion. That’s an average of £130 million per club. There’s an equal split of some cash, but the rest is paid based on performance and appearances. The TV money generated by the deals with BT and Sky Sports is distributed from three pots. Half is split equally between all clubs. A quarter is paid based on league position at the end of the season. The other quarter is paid based on the number of times a club features on TV. There are two additional revenue streams. Both the international TV rights and sponsorship revenue are split equally.

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Relegation

How much does losing win you? In the Premier League, you get close to £100 million for finishing 20th. Dead last was worth £96 million to Sheffield United in 2020/2021. They only had 10 games broadcast, which is the minimum any club can expect from the Premier League deal with its UK broadcasters, so they didn’t make much from the facility fees or the merit payment. The bulk of that money came from the equal share of 50 per cent of revenues. West Brom, who finished a place above, earned £102.4 million, and 18th placed Fulham earned £107.8 million for their efforts. Each also benefits from a parachute payment. Some reports suggest Sheffield United will receive £100 million over the next three seasons, assuming they don’t return to the Premier League.

Winning

Winning the Premier League is a lot harder than finishing last, but that’s not reflected in the prize money. Last season, Manchester City featured in a total of 25 live matches. That’s 15 more than Sheffield United, so they earned 2.5 times more from the facilities fee. They finished first and collected nearly four times the amount of points the 20th placed club won, but they didn’t earn four times the prize money. The £161.7 million they received for their efforts is the highest amount of prize money paid to any club in any league, but it’s not even twice what the league’s worst club gets.

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Parity

You’ll never achieve parity in football. In fact, you don’t really want it. Two equal club sides normally make a boring nil-nil match. Football thrives on the underdog versus the big club, but the Premier League’s prize money policy keeps clubs close. That doesn’t mean the results are always close. There have been some massive defeats in the Premier League. Tottenham 9 – 1 drubbing of Wigan Athletic in 2009 comes to mind, as do two 9 – nil losses for Southampton.

Survival

A lot is made of the relegation battle. In truth, some clubs are better off when they get relegated to the Championship thanks to the parachute payment. Surprisingly, survival doesn’t always pay more than the drop. Last season, Burnley survived but earned £1 million less than Fulham as they featured in 4 fewer televised games than the London club.

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