With Southampton ending the 2017/18 campaign in 17th place and securing our top-flight status for the coming season, it’s time to find out exactly what that was worth to us from a bean-counting point of view.
As is now common in the Premier League under the varying television deals signed in recent times where the division saw an influx of wonga, each club shares £34,812,558 under the Equal Share principle. Each side also shares £40,771,108 in International Television revenue, with a further £4,838,892 from the Commercial Central pot.
Southampton were screened 16 times across the campaign of 2017/18 and that delivered an additional £19,091,942 to us based on Facility Fee payments.
With a Merit Money payment of £7,725,072, it takes our total for the year into the nine-figure region and Southampton receive a total of £107,239,572.
Source: premierleague.com – click if graphic doesn’t appear properly.
The accountants will be pleased, even if it was almost a season of hell for fans.
Southampton did earn more than both Huddersfield Town and Watford who finished above us, but that was based on the available Facility Fee payment as they didn’t appear on the television screens as often as we did.
With the sums involved it shows how important we have to take the lessons from this year as from a financial perspective given all the regulations in football now, relegation isn’t an option. Treading water is one thing but fans will always want to challenge and we have to hope between our owners, challenging is the plan and not just making a profit as we hope to limp over the line in future years so we remain entitled to these riches.
Leicester City’s title win showed why they were an aberration but we need to get back to establishing ourselves in the top ten of the division and look for growth from there, and not just looking to survive.