Leeds United are set for a guaranteed £1million-plus windfall from TV money this season, according to Wales Online.
The publication claim the Yorkshire giants have so far been chosen for 22 live games in 2018-19 and are set to earn over £1million over the course of the campaign, comfortably putting in the shade rival clubs.
Wales Online report that the EFL pay Championship clubs £100,000 for every home game a team hosts on Sky Sports, increasing to £120,000 for games played on a Sunday and £140,000 for midweek games. Visiting teams are given £10,000 per game.
Leeds are a big fish in what, compared to the Premier League, is a pretty small pond. To put into context, Leeds’ TV money, which is supplementary to the broadcasting cash shared equally among the 24 Championship clubs, Swansea’s added TV earnings this season amount to £340,000 from eight screened matches. Last season, in the top flight, the Swans earned £34million from 10 live matches. At the root of the mutiny over the new Sky TV deal is long-standing anger about the disparity between Premier League and Championship incomes. Last year, Mel Morris, Derby’s owner, wrote a paper claiming that for every £1 the Premier League receives in broadcast revenues the EFL gets 5p. Morris said a TV income of £11.1m per game at the top drops to £597,000 below the Premier League’s 20 clubs. Last season, the top-flight clubs earned a minimum £118million of broadcasting cash. Each. No wonder promotion is so vital for the Championship clubs.