By Richard Parks
Everton have earned £131million of TV money for participating in this season’s Premier League, according to a report.
The Times claim in their Game section (14 May, page four) the Merseysiders are to pocket the seventh-highest sum of broadcasting revenue as a result of 19 of their matches being shown on Sky Sports and BT Sports.
Tottenham have earned £82million as a base TV fee, £23.2million for the number of their Premier League games screened and a further £25.8million for finishing in eighth place in the table.
The figures are compiled from official Premier League distribution data.
Football Insider verdict:
The £131million windfall is a jawdropping sum and demonstrates how vital broadcasting revenue is to Everton’s financial health. The Merseysiders posted a £30million profit in their recently-published financial results on a total revenue of £171.3million and the 2017-18 windfall is not only three-quarters of the club’s income stream but will go a long way to contributing to another tasty set of results for the current season. Little wonder money men Farhad Moshiri and company put such store in a high league finish and why Ronald Koeman was dispensed with last October following a horrendous start to the season. Moshiri’s investment in the squad has yet to pay dividends following a series of wretched signings, with Jordan Pickford proving the exception to the rule, and vast wages paid to players who have most failed to deliver. The combination of the majority shareholder’s wealth and the broadcasting revenue will mean Everton continue to spend big in the summer window.