Champions Chelsea earn 150 mln pounds in Premier League payments

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Chelsea celebrate with the trophy after winning the Premier League. Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17. Reuters / Eddie Keogh

English champions Chelsea earned 150.8 million pounds ($194 million) from the Premier League this season while bottom side Sunderland were paid more than Leicester City got as title winners last year thanks to a new broadcast contract.

The 2016-17 campaign was the first under the 5.1 billion pounds TV rights deal signed in 2015, with the total value of the league’s central payments to clubs rising to 2.4 billion pounds from 1.6 billion a year earlier.

Sunderland, who were relegated to the Championship (second-tier) after finishing last, earned 93.5 million pounds, more than Leicester did in winning the 2015-16 title.

This term the Foxes earned 115.8 million pounds for finishing 12th compared to 93 million as champions last season.

The amounts include broadcast and commercial income plus prize money. Commercial income, overseas broadcast income, and a percentage of domestic broadcast income is shared equally between the league’s 20 clubs.

The rest is split according to each club’s league position and the number of televised games they feature in each season.

Third-placed Manchester City and Liverpool, who finished fourth, both featured in more televised games than second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, and accordingly finished slightly above the north London club in the money stakes.

Premier League payments to clubs at the end of 2016-17 season (in pounds):

Chelsea – 150,811,183

Tottenham Hotspur – 145,461,325

Manchester City – 146,927,965

Liverpool – 146,122,439

Arsenal – 139,636,498

Manchester United – 141,103,138

Everton – 127,800,699

Southampton – 122,450,841

Bournemouth – 118,237,066

West Bromwich Albion – 114,023,291

West Ham United – 116,626,014

Leicester City – 115,820,488

Stoke City – 107,062,381

Crystal Palace – 109,665,104

Swansea City – 103,179,163

Burnley – 101,237,554

Watford – 102,704,194

Hull City – 97,354,336

Middlesbrough – 98,820,976

Sunderland – 93,471,118

($1 = 0.7781 pounds)

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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