Premier League Prize Money: How Much Will Your Favourite Team Pocket This Season?
 
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Premier League Prize Money: How Much Will Your Favourite Team Pocket This Season?

Ming Feng
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Liverpool FC’s quest for the Premier League title this season is clouded with so much uncertainty up to the last few matches.

Premier League table

As of 2 May 2019, Liverpool places second on the table with 91 points, just one point behind league leader Manchester City. Given any other season, if Liverpool accumulated anything above 90 points, they would’ve easily been crowned Champion of the season.

At times like this, I guess I’m thankful to be an Arsenal FC fan because I do not have to go through the heartache of missing the league’s top title by a point.

But seriously, what happens if Liverpool comes second this season? And what if we take away the emotional aspect of the game and just focus on the dollars and cents: How much prize money is really on the line?

Prize money

Let’s find out.


How Much Prize Money Does Every Premier League Team Earn?

Ever wondered how much money top-tier football clubs make? While we could’ve just ask Peter Lim, a Singaporean businessman who owns Valencia CF (Editor’s note: *rolls eyes*). We did a quick look on the internet instead to find out how much prize money the clubs in the Premier League will receive:

Position/ RankingClubTV Revenue
(Equal Share)
Merit Money
(Based on Position)
TV Revenue
(Live Matches)
Total
1Manchester City£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£38.4million
£33.2m (27 matches)£156million

(SG$277.68million)
2Liverpool£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£36.5million£30.7m (25 matches)£151.6million

(SG$269.85million)
3Tottenham£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£34.6million£30.7m (25 matches)£149.7million

(SG$266.47million)
4Chelsea£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£32.6million£33.2m (27 matches)£150.2million

(SG$267.36million)
5Arsenal£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£30.7million£33.2m (27 matches)£148.3million

(SG$263.97million)
6Manchester United£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£28.8million£38.1m (31 matches)£151.3million

(SG$269.31million)
7Wolves£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£26.9million£12.3m (10 matches)£123.6million

(SG$220.01million)
8Leicester City£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£25million£19.6m (16 matches)£129million

(SG$229.62million)
9Everton£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£23.1million£22.1m (18 matches)£129.60million

(SG$230.69million)
10Watford£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£21.1million£16m (13 matches)£121.50million

(SG$216.27million)
11West Ham£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£19.2million£18.4m (15 matches)£122million

(SG$217.16million)
12Crystal Palace£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£17.3million£17.2m (14 matches)£118.9million

(SG$211.64million)
13Newcastle£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£15.4million£19.6m (16 matches)£119.4million

(SG$212.53million)
14Bournemouth£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£13.4million£16m (13 matches)£113.8million

(SG$202.56million)
15Burnley FC£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£11.5million£12.3m (10 matches)£108.2million

(SG$192.6million)
16Southampton£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£9.6million£18.4m (15 matches)£112.4million

(SG$200.07million)
17Brighton£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£7.7million£12.3m (10 matches)£104.4million

(SG$185.83million)
18Cardiff City£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£5.8million£12.3m (10 matches)£102.5million

(SG$182.45million)
19Fulham£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£3.8million£12.3m (10 matches)£100.5million

(SG$178.89million)
20Huddersfield£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£1.9million£12.3m (10 matches)£98.6million

(SG$175.51million)

This Premier League table is correct as of 3 May 2019. It’s not the final standing for now, but there should be little change to it given that we are already down to the last few matches (sorry Liverpool fans)!

Should Liverpool not win the title this season, the team will receive about SG$18million less than Manchester City. Lucky for them, they have the Champions League prize money to make up for the difference.


What Are The Components Of The Premier League Prize Money?

Premier League Liverpool

There are several sources of prize money for Premier League clubs. While some of these components depend on retaining Premier League status for another season, the others are correlated to the position they attain on the Premier League table by the end of the season.

Here’s what makes up the prize money for the Premier League:

Source of revenueWhat is it about?
TV Revenue
(Equal Share)
Every team in the Premier League will receive an equal amount of the Premier League's broadcasting revenue for the following season.
TV Revenue
(Live matches)
Pegged to the number of matches that are broadcast live.
Commercial PaymentClubs will receive a part of Permier League's sponsorship. Usually about £5million (SG$8.89 million) per club.
Merit MoneyBonus prize money that is pegged to their final league position. The higher the club finishes on the table, the more money they win
European CompetitionAdditional bonus is paid to clubs when they compete in competitions such as Champions or Europa League.

Popular teams have an advantage when it comes to TV revenue as more of their matches get picked up to be broadcast live.

The prize money stated above is only from the competition itself.

manchester United

Football clubs will also have a constant stream of revenue from the sales of their tickets and merchandise. Sponsorship money can also easily make up a huge portion of their revenue too. Just last season, the top six teams in the Premier League raked in a total of £300million in sponsorship deals – with Manchester United leading at £69million.

Further Reading: Champions League Prize Money

Champions League

This season proves to be more lucrative too with a huge cash boost for the 2019/20 Champions League prize money. This means more money for the teams that did well to qualify for the competition last season.

Here’s a breakdown of the prize money for Champions League:

Position/ RankingClubTV Revenue
(Equal Share)
Merit Money
(Based on Position)
TV Revenue
(Live Matches)
Total
1Manchester City£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£38.4million
£33.2m (27 matches)£156million

(SG$277.68million)
2Liverpool£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£36.5million£30.7m (25 matches)£151.6million

(SG$269.85million)
3Tottenham£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£34.6million£30.7m (25 matches)£149.7million

(SG$266.47million)
4Chelsea£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£32.6million£33.2m (27 matches)£150.2million

(SG$267.36million)
5Arsenal£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£30.7million£33.2m (27 matches)£148.3million

(SG$263.97million)
6Manchester United£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£28.8million£38.1m (31 matches)£151.3million

(SG$269.31million)
7Wolves£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£26.9million£12.3m (10 matches)£123.6million

(SG$220.01million)
8Leicester City£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£25million£19.6m (16 matches)£129million

(SG$229.62million)
9Everton£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£23.1million£22.1m (18 matches)£129.60million

(SG$230.69million)
10Watford£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£21.1million£16m (13 matches)£121.50million

(SG$216.27million)
11West Ham£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£19.2million£18.4m (15 matches)£122million

(SG$217.16million)
12Crystal Palace£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£17.3million£17.2m (14 matches)£118.9million

(SG$211.64million)
13Newcastle£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£15.4million£19.6m (16 matches)£119.4million

(SG$212.53million)
14Bournemouth£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£13.4million£16m (13 matches)£113.8million

(SG$202.56million)
15Burnley FC£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£11.5million£12.3m (10 matches)£108.2million

(SG$192.6million)
16Southampton£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£9.6million£18.4m (15 matches)£112.4million

(SG$200.07million)
17Brighton£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£7.7million£12.3m (10 matches)£104.4million

(SG$185.83million)
18Cardiff City£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£5.8million£12.3m (10 matches)£102.5million

(SG$182.45million)
19Fulham£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£3.8million£12.3m (10 matches)£100.5million

(SG$178.89million)
20Huddersfield£84.4million

(SG$149.94million)
£1.9million£12.3m (10 matches)£98.6million

(SG$175.51million)

Yeah… The winner of the Champions League this season will earn a total of close to £60million. Just so you can appreciate the sheer magnitude of this amount, it’s S$107million.

Conclusion: I’m totally in the wrong line of work…

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About Ming Feng
A stint in Bloomberg gifted me with a beer belly, which only grew larger when I moved on to become a Professional Trader. Now I turn caffeine into digestible finance-related content.
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