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Sunday 17 December 2017

Richard Scudamore: Premier League is not a charity

Richard Scudamore, pictured, says the Premier League have reached a brick wall concerning plans for a 39th match
Richard Scudamore, pictured, says the Premier League have reached a brick wall concerning plans for a 39th match

Chief executive Richard Scudamore has insisted the Premier League is not a charity after calls were made for top flight clubs to share out a bigger chunk of its new £5.136billion domestic television rights deal across the rest of the game.

The staggering new Sky and BT Sport deal for the 2016-19 seasons, a 70 per cent rise on the current £3.01billion sum, has led to suggestions that the top players will earn £500,000 a week by 2020.

The Premier League has still to negotiate its overseas deals, which could bring in a further £3billion and cement its position as the world's richest league.

The Premier League said it spends five per cent of the current £3.01billion TV deal on grass-roots football and good causes and Scudamore said the league was a success story but not a charity. Scudamore said: "We're not set up for charitable purposes. We are set up to be the best football competition."

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