Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million barrier in Premier League

Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million ($203.6 million) barrier in Premier League income this season, earning almost £8m more than champions Leicester City despite finishing 10 points behind them.

Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million barrier in Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur’s end-of-term collapse handed their bitter rivals almost £1.3m in prize money – known as ‘merit payment’ – to give the runners-up a total of £100,952,257 in league revenue.

Almost £21.5m of that was made up of so-called ‘facility fees’, which relate to the number of times a club are shown live in the UK during a season, in Arsenal’s case 27.

Surprise package Leicester featured in just 15 live fixtures, netting them just over £12.5m of their £93,219,598 total income from the overall pot of £1,638,805,918 divided among Premier League clubs.

Although the champions topped the merit payment chart, which is based solely on league position, they were only joint ninth with West Ham United in terms of facility fees.
That put their overall income from the Premier League below that of Tottenham (£95,222,320) Manchester City (£96,971,603) and Manchester United (£96,477,120), who finished between 11 and 15 points behind them.
Leicester also earned less than £3m more than eight-placed Liverpool (£90,506,139) and not even £6m more than Chelsea (£87,273,407), whose 10th-placed finish was the worst by any champions in Premier League history.
Both clubs’ income dwarfed that of Stoke City (£79,520,748), who were sandwiched between them in the final standings.
Aston Villa’s rock-bottom finish was more accurately reflected in the table of payments, which saw them net £66,622,215.
Third-bottom Newcastle United (£72,846,635), however, earned more than any other club in the bottom six after appearing live on television 16 times.
Both relegated sides and Norwich City (£67,116,698) will benefit from increased parachute payments under the new £8.3 billion Premier League television deal that kicks in next season, which should amount to £40m in year one and about £90m over the next three seasons.
However, they will be missing out on earning at least as much as Arsenal did this term, with the team finishing bottom in 2016-17 poised to net more than £100m.
Whoever emerges as champions, meanwhile, can expect a jackpot in excess of £150m.



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