English football TV distribution

Kenneth E End

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Been doing some research over the last few days whilst on furlough over how TV money is distributed and who are the real winners and losers.

It is amazing how much difference a bigger contribution from the Premier League pot could make for clubs down the divisions.

The bottom three in the Premier League last season took out over £300m combined and only a £54m difference between top and bottom.

Each team receives a £82.3m equal share each from domestic and international TV rights as well as a commercial share, with this topped up based on on-field performance and the number of matches on TV, with a mimimum payment if the minimum number of televised games not met.

Without stating the obvious, there needs to be a bigger slice of the pie filtering down, with a bigger emphasis on on-field performance and no merit payments for finishing bottom. This would mean that the top teams actually increase their slice, but those at the bottom lose only a small %, but all of their parachute payments which should be discontinued

To do this, I'd argue for a centralisation of TV payments, as there is such a huge gap between the EFL and Premier League in terms of revenue. Some might argue that this may lead to the likes of Sky offering less as a result, but the last EFL Sky deal was worth £119m per season. Taking into account all territory PL fees, it equates to over £3bn per season. I'd also argue for far higher prize money for cup competitions, which reduces the sidelining these tournaments over the last 10-15 years.

You may sense a contradiction here between merit and subsidising teams, but this is a gap that needs to be closed somehow.

Two thirds of funding should remain with the PL: the bottom club would take £93m (equal share, TV games, merit and academies), highest £177m
The Championship takes an eighth of the pot: the bottom club would take £15m; highest £30m.
League One: minimum £6.3m; highest £11.5m
League Two: minimum £3.2m; highest £5.7m
Conference: minimum £700k; highest £1.2m
FA Cup: winner £20m, 3rd round £250k, 1st round £100k
League Cup: winner £8m, 1st round £50k - currently from what I remember, prize money in this competition is terrible
EFL Trophy: winner £750k, 1st round £25k - removing academy sides
FA Trophy: winner £500k

There should also be greater funding for womens and grassroots football. The FA turned over £410m last season, yet only £24m went into women's football. There should also be greater sums pumped into academies - requiring clubs to spend what they are out of their own pockets under the EPPP is astounding.

The coronavirus situation has exposed a greater flaw in the governence of the game - no one can make a bloody decision! There should be a total independent panel of "experts" with no current involvement at club level rather than put in league wide votes. Financially, there needs to be stronger rules in place which means that a given club must break even over a three year period. Insolvency events would result in immediate relegation and expulsion from the league whilst the club restructures, with protections for fans to be refunded ticket sales under a central pot.

The football structure is awash with cash - with a bit more will and a slight adjustment, so many more clubs become financially stable and the players themselves become the biggest beneficiary of that.
 

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Can't see the Premier League buying into this idea though since the whole reason it exists in the first place is so they could have a seperate TV deal and a bigger slice of the pie.

Interesting to know what Luton thoughts on that were as they were in the last top flight Div 1 before the prem, and although relegation meant they never got to take their place in the new breakaway league they would have been involved in discussions over creating said league. Were they dead against it, or did they believe they'd benefit in the long run. West Ham, Luton and Notts County were the relegated teams that year and so while West Ham went back up to join in the Premier League party, the other two have never been able to and have instead seen non-league football before Premier League football.
 

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Can't see the Premier League buying into this idea though since the whole reason it exists in the first place is so they could have a seperate TV deal and a bigger slice of the pie.

Interesting to know what Luton thoughts on that were as they were in the last top flight Div 1 before the prem, and although relegation meant they never got to take their place in the new breakaway league they would have been involved in discussions over creating said league. Were they dead against it, or did they believe they'd benefit in the long run. West Ham, Luton and Notts County were the relegated teams that year and so while West Ham went back up to join in the Premier League party, the other two have never been able to and have instead seen non-league football before Premier League football.
Of course they won't, because self interest will come to the fore; hence why it should be taken out of their hands.

As for Luton, I don't really remember, but they administration in charge at the time would hardly be a ringing endorsement for us.
 

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