Leeds handed stunning £7.6m windfall - report
By Richard Parks
Leeds United’s participation in this season’s Championship has earned them £7.6million, according to a report.
Trinity Mirror site Leeds Live have crunched the numbers for the Yorkshire giants as well as each of England’s 24 second-tier side as a result of their Championship participation in 2017-18.
It is said that United’s total earnings will be one of the highest in the division even though they are 14th in the table and destined for a mid-table finish.
Leeds have earned a £2.3million basic award from the Sky Sports TV deal, a further £4.5million solidarity payment from the Premier League and a supplementary £760,000 of TV cash.
The total amount is £7.56million.
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Intriguingly, United will earn more TV cash than leaders Wolves, who will have picked up £690,000 by the end of the season.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds’ windfall is a tidy sum, and is a sizeable element of their total revenue, but it only serves to illustrate the gap between the riches of the Premier League and the Championship. Last season, bottom club Sunderland earned £99million of TV cash from competing in the English top flight, a sum that it would take Leeds 13 years to earn from participating in the second tier. That is a sobering thought for owner Andrea Radrizzani as he prepares to make a series of key decisions over management and players following a wretched campaign that has failed massively to live up to expectations.