The big six clubs won’t react kindly if the proposal to base TV money distribution on league position isn’t voted in this week, according to reports.
The proposal doesn’t suggest entirely splitting money based on where each team finishes, but that 35% of the total is distributed based on where you finish. The current system involves all the money being split equally.
According to the Mirror, the big six plus Everton, Leicester and West Ham will all support the move, meaning nine clubs in favour, but 14 of the 20 voting are needed to carry it through.
The Mirror quote an ‘insider’ as saying: “If the vote goes against the big six – and it almost certainly will – then watch this space. Things are going to get nasty.”
For the big six (Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs), the benefits are obvious. For the foreseeable future these six clubs will all expect to finish in the top six positions every season, and even the more pessimistic pundits would expect them to finish in the top half more often than not.
Also, there’s a sense that this system rewards those who are bringing in the TV money in the first place, as these clubs generate far more interest in games than the likes of Huddersfield and West Brom.
However, I’d argue that the main reason the big six matches generate more interest is because they have more money for the best players in the first place, so it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The greater their share of the TV money, the more pronounced the gap would become.
Good news for the big six, consistent top half finishers and English clubs taking part in Europe, bad news for the rest.