Top-flight clubs set for record TV payouts

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The Premier League will pay out record sums in TV money this season with the bottom club guaranteed at least £37m and the champions earning more than £57m.

The new overseas TV deals will see top-flight clubs earning on average nearly £5m more a year than last season. Although the Premier League has never confirmed the overall value of the overseas rights, it can be calculated that they have doubled from £625m during 2007-10 to around £1.2bn over the next three seasons.

That is about 10 times the amount Germany's Bundesliga receives for foreign TV rights, five times what Italy receives and three times the amount Spain's La Liga earns.

The Premier League has the most equitable distribution of the major European leagues with the smallest difference between the champions and the bottom club in terms of the split of TV money. England's top club will earn around 1.6 times as much as the team that comes last. By contrast in Spain, where TV rights are negotiated on a club-by-club basis, Real Madrid and Barcelona earn 19 times more than the smallest clubs in La Liga.

This season, each Premier League club will receive £13.8m as the equal share of domestic TV rights and £17.7m as the equal share of overseas TV rights. On top of that, each place in the table is worth £752,000. The bottom club will get that and the top club £15.04m.

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