Money Matter$

Big Four clubs asked to redistribute earnings to the rest of the Premier League

New Government proposal ain’t never gonna happen

The last time The Spoiler checked, we lived in a capitalist society, whereby privately-owned wealth is generated by participating in a free market. However, this apparently isn’t the case any more, as our comrades in the Government are suggesting the biggest clubs in English football share their wealth with the rest of the Premiership.

Under new proposals by Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, the billions of pounds generated by the TV appearances and Champions League campaigns of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester Utd and Chelsea would be redistributed among the other twenty clubs:

Champions League cash, worth £15million-£40m to each qualifying clubs each season, would be shared out among the 20 clubs in England’s top division under the scheme, as would the Premier League’s £1bn TV and sponsorship revenue.

Currently, 50 per cent is distributed among all the clubs, 25 per cent is paid out according to finishing places, and 25 per cent is allotted to the number of TV appearances.

In principle, dissolving the sovereignty of the Big Four is an excellent idea, however, as the Daily Mail correctly points out, it goes against the entire motives for creating a Premier League in the first place.

If the biggest teams knew they had to had over their earnings, what motivation would they have to take financial risks that bring in new players, bigger stadiums and a better fan experience? Why would a team like Aston Villa or Everton strive to clinch a Champions League position if they knew that any financial benefits would be taken away from them? Should the likes of Fulham and Bolton benefit if a bigger club wins the Champions League, or if a bigger team makes more TV appearances?

Much like the Chewbacca Defence, it does not make sense.


8 responses so far
  • fourstar // May 7, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my aching sides. I wonder how many hours of meetings, litres of Malvern water and posh biscuits it took to come up with this proposal. Idiots.

  • Evan // May 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    And “fat” (are the “” warranted?) Ronaldo will stop bumpin’ uglies with trannies.

    In a related matter, a certain “I have lost the passion to play football” Brazilian is now gracing the front page of CR Flamengo’s web page.
    http://www.flamengo.com.br/

  • Joey // May 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Amen Brothers!

  • shay // May 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    So we should reward the smaller clubs for not being as good as the bigger ones?! Ridiculous proposal.

  • McRib // May 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    This is a stupid idea that should never happen.

  • Paul // May 7, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Welcome to American-styled sports administration, boys!

  • Jose // May 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

    If they were penalized for going over a salary cap like that of the NFL or MLB, then I might agree, but last time I checked clubs have the right to spend whatever they want to succeed. Therefore, I have to ask exactly how will giving West Brom a million from Chelsea’s UCL campaign will help them do anything other than go back and forth between the Premiership and Championship?

  • Jim // May 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    I agree total lunacy.

    However this is exactly the way the big sports leagues work in the good old USA even down to the merchandising.

    Indeed Jerry Jones took the Dallas Cowboys out of part of this agreement as he didn’t understand why if he sold a million shirts – he should subsidise another team that sold 80k.

    I belive the word is communisim.

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