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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 www.sportingintelligence.com, 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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