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Premier League prize money: How much cash Leicester City can expect to bank


Leicester City might have missed out on a place in the Champions League, but will still earn a decent amount in TV rights cash and merit money from the Premier League.

After months of occupying a spot in the top four, Brendan Rodgers’ side were overtaken in the final week of the campaign, finishing fifth after a final-day defeat to rivals Manchester United.

But the blow of bowing out at the last will no doubt be softened by a bumper payment from the top flight.


The Premier League is yet to confirm its prize money breakdown for the 2019/20 campaign, with the figures to be released ‘in due course’.

But, even factoring in the £330 million COVID-19 rebate – agreed with TV companies (domestic broadcasters £223m, overseas £107m) for the delayed matches and absence of crowds – City’s owners, King Power Group, are still in line for a lump sum.

That’s because the pot, in what is the first set of payments in the 2019-2022 deal, is set to swell by around £185 million a year.

There is actually a 7 per cent (£110 million) fall in domestic rights cash, but that is more than offset by a 34 per cent (£295 million) increase in overseas rights revenue.

According to latest estimates, complied by respected football finance blog Swiss Ramble, City will earn £147.4 million, up £24.1 million on the previous season.

However, clubs have this rebate to settle. It’s thought the rebate will be weighted on where each team finished in the league with increments set around the £500,000 mark.

The higher a team finishes, the more it will have to pay back. For example, champions Liverpool could have to pay back £21.5 million while basement boys Norwich City could have to foot an £11.5 million bill.

It’s thought the Foxes will have to fork out £19.4 million after finishing fifth.

The equal share and central commercial deals are usually paid throughout the season. In which case, the King Power Group should already have received the vast majority of their cash from the Premier League.

But they could still be owed £44.9 million in merit payments and facility fees.

It’s thought the club will earn £16.5 million in facility fees, having been involved in 15 matches shown live on TV in the UK, and £28.4 million in merit payments for finishing 17th.

Taking that rebate into account, City’s total Premier League prize money could turn out to be around the £128 million mark.

Here’s an estimated breakdown of the figures:

Equal share: £31.8m
Facility fees: £16.5m
Merit payment: £28.4m (for finishing 17th)
Overseas TV income: £48.8m
Commercial revenue: £5m

Total: £147.4m

TV rebate: -£19.4m

Total: £128m

2018/19 payment: £123.3m
Difference: +£24.1m





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