Arsenal could set new Premier League prize money record with Manchester United fighting for £6.2m
Source: Football365

Arsenal could set a new record for Premier League prize money this season with most clubs still fighting for at least a bit more cash on the final day.

Last season, Premier League clubs received a total of PS2.78billion for the campaign, which is comprised of six payments through the division's 'central revenue system', something the Premier League says 'ensures the most equitable distribution of funds of any major European league'.

Manchester City were paid a record PS176.2m as champions who had the most games televised live in the UK, while Southampton received PS103.6m for their efforts in finishing bottom.

Some of those payments are fixed. All 20 clubs received PS79.2m through an equal share distributed based on both the domestic (PS31.2m) and international broadcast deals (PS48m) - those TV rights deals are lucrative for a reason - as well as PS9.4m each from central commercial revenue streams.

The rest is variable, based on where clubs finish and how often their games are selected for broadcast.

How much is each Premier League place worth? The Premier League merit payments are distributed on a sliding scale from 1st to 20th, made up of combined earnings from domestic and international broadcast deals.

For the 2022/23 season, the difference in prize money was around PS3.1m per position. Southampton were awarded PS3.1m for finishing bottom, all the way up to champions Manchester City receiving PS62.1m. Or a Ruben Dias with change.

That can be expected to rise a little with inflation but offers a rough guide as to what remains on the line for clubs whose place has not been confirmed. Only Liverpool (3rd), Aston Villa (4th), West Ham (9th) and Sheffield United (20th) are certain of where they will finish.

Manchester City - between PS62.1m and PS59mFinal game: West Ham (h)

Arsenal - between PS62.1m and PS59mFinal game: Everton (h)

Liverpool - PS55.9mFinal game: Wolves (h)

Aston Villa - PS52.8mFinal game: Crystal Palace (a)

Tottenham - between PS49.7m and PS46.6mFinal game: Sheffield United (a)

Chelsea - between PS49.7m and PS40.4mFinal game: Bournemouth (h)

Newcastle - between PS46.6m and PS40.4mFinal game: Brentford (a)

Manchester United - between PS46.6m and PS40.4mFinal game: Brighton (a)

West Ham - PS37.3mFinal game: Manchester City (a)

Brighton - between PS34.2m and PS24.8mFinal game: Manchester United (h)

Bournemouth - between PS34.2m and PS24.8mFinal game: Chelsea (a)

Crystal Palace - between PS34.2m and PS21.7mFinal game: Aston Villa (h)

Wolves - between PS34.2m and PS21.7mFinal game: Liverpool (a)

Fulham - between PS27.9m and PS21.7mFinal game: Luton (a)

Everton - between PS18.6m and PS15.5mFinal game: Arsenal (a)

Brentford - between PS18.6m and PS15.5mFinal game: Newcastle (h)

Nottingham Forest - between PS12.4m and PS9.3mFinal game: Burnley (a)

Luton - between PS12.4m and PS9.3mFinal game: Fulham (h)

Burnley - between PS9.3m and PS6.2mFinal game: Nottingham Forest (h)

Sheffield United - PS3.1mFinal game: Tottenham (h)

What are facility fees? The only other part of the prize money which is not fixed and shared equally are the facility fees, which are based on how many times each club has been selected for television.

In 2022/23, Manchester City had 29 games televised live in the UK, for which they received PS25.3m in facility fees. Arsenal and Liverpool both had 28 matches and were paid PS24.5m.

Bournemouth were shown on the fewest occasions and were given PS10.2m in facility fees for their 11 live televised UK fixtures.

This can lead to discrepancies in terms of those variable payments - Bournemouth's prize money for finishing 15th last season was PS117.5m, less than 17th-placed Everton received (PS120.5m) as the Toffees were picked for live TV games twice as often.

Tottenham in 8th (PS151.9m) were paid more than Aston Villa (PS148.3m) and Brighton (PS149.7m), despite finishing below both.

Based on this, Arsenal stand to earn the most of any club in facility fees this season, with Burnley faring the worst.

1) Arsenal (30 games televised live in the UK) - worth around PS26m in 2022/23

2) Spurs (28 games) - worth PS24.5m

3=) Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United (27 games each) - worth PS23.6m

6) Chelsea (24 games) - worth PS21.1m

7) Everton (22 games) - worth 19.4m

8) Newcastle (21 games) - worth PS18.6m

9) Aston Villa (20 games) - worth around PS17.8m

10) West Ham (18 games) - worth PS16.1m

11) Nottingham Forest (17 games) - worth PS15.2m

12=) Brentford and Wolves (16 games each) - worth PS14.4m

14) Crystal Palace (15 games) - worth PS13.6m

15) Brighton (13 games) - worth PS11.9m

16=) Sheffield United and Luton (12 games each) - worth PS11m

18=) Bournemouth and Fulham (11 games each) - worth PS10.2m

20) Burnley (nine games) - worth around PS8.4m

If Arsenal were to leapfrog Manchester City on the final day, they would be in line to receive PS62.1m in merit payments for finishing 1st and PS26m for having 30 games broadcast live in the UK, with a further PS88.6m added through the equal share and central commercial payments.

Without taking inflation and other factors into account which might differ from last season, they would be in line to get PS176.7m, topping the prize money record Manchester City set in 2022/23.

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