The Premier League have confirmed that Arsenal earned just under £101 million in combined prize money and TV earnings from the 2015/16 Premier League season; more than any other club in England’s top flight.
The Gunners, who were recently valued at $2 billion by Forbes, were eligible for an equal share of the domestic (£21.9m) and overseas broadcast cash (£29.4m), as well as an equal share of the central commercial deals (£4.5m) associated with both.
Arsenal’s second place finish in the table (LOL @ Sp*rs) meant their merit earnings of £23.6 million were just behind Leicester. Coupled with the fact Arsene Wenger’s side were televised 27 times, more than any other side, the Gunners earned £4 million more than second place Manchester City.
Sky and BT Sport paid £3.018billion between them to show Premier League matches in the UK between 2013 to 2016. A further £2.23bn was earned from foreign broadcasters in the same period.
The money goes up from next season. Between 2016-2019 Premier League clubs will share at least £7.36 billion for equivalent domestic and overseas TV deals.
Given the huge levels of cash flooding into the game there are sure to be further calls for clubs to cap the ticket prices. We’ve already seen action on away tickets.