At least Arsenal is on top of one league…
The Premier League prize money table has been released for the 2015-16 season and Arsene Wenger‘s pulled in $147 million in prize money and TV money to lead the PL.
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PL champs Leicester City received $135 million and come in fifth place behind Arsenal, Manchester City ($141.6 million), Manchester United ($140.8 million) and Tottenham Hotspur ($139 million).
In contrast with Arsenal’s $147 million at the summit of this table, Aston Villa sit in 20th place but still brought in $97.1 million.
The PL released the statement below on its website about these figures and gave a little more detail as to where this money comes from and how it is distributed.
The revenue distributed to clubs includes income generated from the sale of central broadcasting rights (UK and international) and other central commercial rights. The mechanism for distributing this revenue is the most equitable of Europe’s major football leagues and is based on the Premier League Founder Members’ Agreement, the contract signed by the initial clubs that formed the League in 1992.
It has resulted in a ratio of 1.52:1 between the club finishing top and that finishing bottom in 2015/16, the lowest such ratio in the history of the Premier League, and works as follows:
50% of UK broadcast revenue split equally between the 20 clubs
25% of UK broadcast revenue paid in Merit Payments (“Prize Money” per place in the table)
25% of UK broadcast revenue paid in Facility Fees each time a club’s matches are broadcast in the UK
All international broadcast revenue, and central commercial revenue, is split equally among the 20 clubs
Each club gets an equal share of domestic and overseas TV income, plus central commercial (sponsorship) money and is rewarded with $1.8 million in a merit payment for every place it finishes in the league. So Aston Villa who finished in 20th received a merit payment of $1.8 million, while champions Leicester received $36.2 million for finishing top.
The values in the table below shows exactly how the money was distributed between the 20 PL clubs this season as teams who had more than 10 games live on TV received an extra $1.1 million for every game broadcast.