Premier League

Which Premier League clubs are most reliant on TV revenue?

The team at The Football Finance Times have assessed which sides need broadcast revenue the most

4:51pm on Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Team FC

The current domestic Premier League TV contracts run until 2021/22, with Sky Sports and BT Sport paying the majority of the £5.1Bn distributed among the clubs across the three season.

Amazon pay for a package too, while BBC Sport retain their Match of the Day agreement for free-to-air broadcasting.


Package 1: BT to show 32 matches on Saturday early KO (1230GMT)

Package 2: Sky Sports to show 32 matches on Saturdays at 17:30

Package 3: Sky Sports to show 32 matches, 24 on Sundays early KO (1400GMT) and eight on Saturdays late KO (1945GMT)

Package 4: Sky Sports to show 32 matches on Sundays late KO (1630GMT)

Package 5: Sky Sports to show 24 matches on Mondays late KO (2000GMT) or Fridays late KO (2000GMT) and eight on Sundays early KO (1400GMT)

Package 6: Amazon to show 20 matches in two batches of 10, on a chosen Bank Holiday and on Boxing Day

Package 7: BT to show 20 matches from two midweek fixture programmes

Much is made of how broadcast revenues can send clubs' ability to spend to a completely new level. Much of the 'big six' are keen to balance their revenue generation across the three key strands; broadcast, commercial and matchday.

But some clubs are largely reliant on TV money to pay the bills - but how much?

Let's look at 2018/19 TV revenue distribution versus total revenue.


- Cardiff City's promotion to the Premier League in 2018 meant that of the £123m revenue they generated in 18/29, a whopping 83.8% came from TV.

- Bournemouth, still in the Premier League at the time of writing, aren't far behind, with 82.5% coming from the same source.

- The disparity between the established Big Six and the rest of the league is stark, and concerning.

- From Manchester United (22.6%) to Arsenal (36.4%) the average distribution for the Big Six from TV revenue is 29.9%

- But for the remaining 14 teams, that figure increases to 74%.

- If there is a clear message as to why the Premier League teams are desperate to get the action back underway following the COVID-19 lockdown, the threat of TV revenue being handed back or lost is it, and this table explains the extent of the predicament they would face in a worst-case scenario.

Latest news

Player Ratings

Arsenal 4-1 Rapid Vienna, Player Ratings: Pepe shines again in comfortable win

Mikel Arteta started a relatively weakened side against Rapid Vienna but he wasn't disappointed by the performance of his young, back-up players.

  • 7 hours
Primera Division

Barcelona Wax Museum unveil Lionel Messi replica that looks nothing like him

The Barcelona Wax Museum unveiled a new replica of Lionel Messi to celebrate the players success. Unfortunately it looks nothing like him.

  • 7 hours
Premier League

Mourinho: Kane will be back for derby clash against Arsenal

The England striker missed Tottenham's midweek 3-3 draw with LASK in the Europa League but expected to return for Sunday's derby.

  • 8 hours
Player Ratings

LASK 3-3 Tottenham, Player Ratings: Bale outshone by Austrian playmaker

Despite playing a relatively full-strength side, Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur side stumbled in Austria and ultimately left with just a point.

  • 8 hours
Player Ratings

Milan 4-2 Celtic, Player Ratings: Youngster Hauge stars as Italians make thrilling comeback

Milan were able to rely on a number of exciting player to overcome an early scare from Celtic to win all three points and qualify for the next round.

  • 8 hours

Liverpool 'not really training' during injury crisis, Wijnaldum reveals

The Dutchman has revealed that he and his teammates are reducing their workload in order to deal with fixture congestion.

  • 14 hours

Most read