TOTTENHAM and Arsenal both earned more than Chelsea in centrally distributed Premier League broadcast income last season, despite finishing below the Blues in the table.
Spurs, who ended fifth, received £55.9m and fourth-placed Arsenal were paid £57.1m, while Chelsea took home the lesser sum of £55m even though they finished third.
Money from domestic broadcast deals is allocated partly according to how regularly a club featured on live television, meaning the two north London sides banked more than the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Champions Manchester United earned the largest sum, a record £60.8m, with runners-up Manchester City taking £58.1m, followed by the three capital teams.
West Ham received the eighth highest fee of £48.7m, with Fulham pocketing £45.3m and bottom club Queens Park Rangers £39.8m, the lowest amount.
Next season’s relegated teams stand to earn more than this year’s champions, however, thanks to a bumper new Premier League broadcast deal.
Domestic television rights alone are now worth more than £3bn over three years, compared with £1.8bn for the period 2010-11 to 2012-13. All deals for overseas rights are still to be concluded but are expected to be worth an additional £2bn.
Premier League broadcast revenue is divided into four chunks, with half of the domestic rights income and all of the overseas divided equally among the 20 clubs.
Of the remaining domestic cash, half is allocated depending on league position, while the other half is split according to television appearances.
Top clubs also stand to record increased revenues from ticket sales, after it emerged Premier League attendances increased by almost four per cent last season.
Chelsea were one of only three top-flight sides whose average crowds fell, in their case from 41,478 to 41,462.
Manchester City’s average gate dropped from 47,044 to 46,974, while Stoke’s attendances also dipped.
WHAT THEY BANKED
Premier League broadcast revenue distribution 2012-13
Manchester Utd £60.8m, Manchester City £58.1m, Arsenal £57.1m, Tottenham Hotspur £55.8m, Chelsea £55m, Liverpool £54.8m, Everton £51.7m, West Ham Utd £48.7m, West Bromwich Albion £48.3m, Swansea City £47.6m, Norwich City £46.1m, Fulham £45.3m, Newcastle Utd £45.1m, Aston Villa £44.9m, Stoke City £44.5m, Southampton £43.8m, Sunderland £43.4m, Wigan Athletic £40.8m, Reading £40m, Queens Park Rangers £39.8m