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Premier League's £63m losers' prize

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Manchester United received £60.8 million for winning the Premier League last season © PA Photos
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Manchester City stand to rake in £95 million from TV money this season if they win the Premier League title as the cash flowing into the game hits a new high.

The huge value of the new £5.5 billion Premier League broadcast deals to clubs will be highlighted by the fact that even the club who finishes bottom of the table on Sunday should earn £63m from TV money - more than the £60.8m Manchester United were paid after winning the league last season.

The new champions are expected to be paid £35 million more than United were and the bottom club - likely to be Cardiff or Fulham - should get around £24 million more than QPR earned after propping up the table last season.

The Premier League has confirmed its merit money payments of £1.2m for every place each club finishes up the table, rising to £24m for the champions. That represents a 60% rise on last season.

Facility fees of £750,000 will be paid to a club for every live TV appearance, with a minimum payment of £7.5m.

There has been no confirmation from the league of the equal shares that will be paid to clubs for domestic and overseas broadcasting deals, but they are expected to rise by 60 and 70% respectively - in line with the increases in those deals - to £23m and £32m per club.

The huge rise in income should help a number of clubs turn their financial fortunes around, especially if they have been able to minimise wage bill rises for players this season.

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