Shake Your Money Maker

smallcashbag Shake Your Money MakerWhile much of the focus last week was on Setanta winning rights to two of the six UK Premiership TV packages (and Sky securing the remaining four), now is a good time to consider how much money the Premiership will make from the deal.

Consider these stats (courtesy of the Independent newspaper from England):

1. The Premiership will earn a staggering 1.7 billion pound deal from its live UK TV rights in the three seasons from 2007-08 onwards.

2. Those earnings represents a 67% increase compared to what the League earned the last time the rights were sold.

3. The avalanche of new cash (reportedly 13 million pound per team) will fuel an upsurge in spending on transfers and wages.

4. Sky will pay 4.76 million pounds for each of its games.

5. The highest-earning club will see its income from Premier League TV money alone jump towards 50 million pounds a year, while the bottom club will be guaranteed at least 25 million pounds.

6. When revenue from highlights and foreign rights’ are added, the Premier League expects to make around 2.3 billion pounds in total from TV and other broadcast media in the three years from 2007. I’ll say that again: 2.3 billion pounds.

Money talks, so after this World Cup expect a flood of foreign talent to enter the Premiership. This is where the money is and this is where the best foreign stars in the world will be going.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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