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Wolves bag £127m Premier bounty for finishing seventh

Wolves have earned a £127m bounty in Premier League prize money for this season.

The club have received record payments from the top flight after finishing seventh in their first campaign back among the elite for six years.

Wolves received £127,165,114, which put them behind the top six and seventh-placed Everton, who received more (£128,603,905) because they were shown live on TV in the UK more times than Wolves (18 as opposed to 15).

Wolves were actually only the 10th highest Premier League club featuring on live TV, behind the top six, Everton, 10th-placed West Ham with 16 and 13th-placed Newcastle with 19.

Liverpool, despite finishing second behind Manchester City, received the most money, collecting over £152m, while City earned just under £2m less.

Manchester United received just over £142m, despite not qualifying for the Champions League, an amount which was also more than Arsenal, who finished one place above them in the league.

At the opposite end of the table, basement side Huddersfield received just under £97m, second from bottom Fulham pocketed just over £101m, and Cardiff earned over £102m from their season in the top flight.

The key figure is the merit payment, which is based on where each club finishes in the table.

In this respect, Wolves earned £26,859,252, which is more than their closest-placed counterparts in the table Everton (£24,940,734), Leicester (£23,022,216), West Ham (£21,103,698) and Watford (£19,185,180).

The figures are based on the value of payments of broadcast and central commercial revenues clubs have received for the season.

The league’s central revenues are distributed to clubs in the following manner: UK broadcast revenues: 50 per cent equally shared; 25 per cent shared based on how often a club’s matches are broadcast in the UK (known as facility fees) and 25 per cent shared based on where a club finish in the league table (known as merit payments).

The equal share, for every club, is £34,361,519 and the international TV revenue for each club is £43,184,608.