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« on: December 07, 2019, 09:28:30 PM »
When I was a lad a billion was a million million, but it’s only a thousand million now. Despite this devaluation Premier League boss Richard Scudamore must be delighted with the billions-worth of TV rights he negotiated for the next three seasons. What’s more, Sky now have serious competition from BT so he’ll be rubbing his hands at the prospect of a future bidding war. Scudamore’s got used to hammering out ever-bigger deals during the Premier League years. The first deal, in 1992, was for £304 million over five years, or £61 million per season. The total value of this deal is around £5.5 billion over three years, or £1.8 billion per season - almost thirty times more than the first. Not bad for a time of austerity. So who will get all this money? According to, Premier League TV money is divided more equally among the clubs than in most other European leagues, with a ratio of around 1.5:1 between top and bottom. In Italy the ratio is about 10 to 1, in France it’s about 3.5 to 1, and in Germany 2 to 1. In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid do their own TV deals and don’t share the cash, so the ratio is about 14 to 1 and causes a great deal of bad feeling. With the Premier League champions due to get about £90 million, Villa are in line for around £60 million. Let’s hope we don’t concede too many corners before the end of the season because that could be a lot of dosh we won’t be seeing.


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