Not quite sweaters for goalposts
October 29, 2012 3:35 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (65 comments total)
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Football's (soccer, that is) ultimate conquest of North America comes a step closer with the
sale of English Premier League broadcasting rights to NBC for 250 million dollars
. Unlike the Olympics, NBC has indicated that they'll broadcast the games live, to complement their NHL broadcasts.
Unlike some other football leagues, the Premier League is relatively fair in how it divides its television income
. Fifty percent of domestic income is divided equally over the twenty clubs, with the other fifty percent paid out according to how many matches played by a given club have been broadcast and the final position in the League. Overseas television rights are even more fair, split equally between all twenty clubs. The clubs that really lose out are those that are relegated to the lower divisions, solidarity and parachute payments notwithstanding.
(All of which, and much more, explained in great detail at The Swiss Ramble
, an excellent blog for those interested in the financial side of football.)