Chelsea have earned almost £99 million from their league Premier League winning campaign last season, it has been revealed.
Jose Mourinho’s side earned more than league rivals Manchester City and Manchester United, topping a table of Premier League clubs. Data released by the league on Tuesday night spelled out each club's earnings in England’s top division for the 2014/15 season.
Each club receives and equal share of commercial revenue and money generated through the sale of overseas television rights. That provides all clubs in the division with £32m irrespective of where they finish.
The rest of the money is then given out based upon where each side comes in the table and how often they are broadcast on television. Top earners Chelsea earned over £34m pounds more than bottom club Queens Park Rangers, however the £65m earned by QPR is the largest ever payout to a club who have finished bottom of the league.
Manchester United were the highest earners from facility fees (£21.4m) having had 27 of their 38 matches broadcast of TV this season. Leicester, Stoke, Hull and Burnley however earned the least, as just 10 of their games were broadcast live this season, netting them just £8.7m.
With the payments to Premier League clubs getting higher and higher with every new TV rights deal, staying in England's top flight is becoming more and more of a priority for clubs.
A new financial restructuring of parachute payments to relegated clubs means now more than ever survival is key for the countries top clubs.
The £64m paid out by the Premier League to relegated clubs over four seasons will now be dished out over just three, with clubs that are relegated after just one season in the top-flight receiving just the first two years of payment, missing out on the third.
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