The Money Shot – football crazy, money mad

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The best visual representation of 'money and soccer' we could find, if truth be told
"With their payout, Liverpool could have bought 1,069 houses in the city, or paid the annual salary of 3,887 fans"
  • | by Kristian Dando

The futile sound of folk pontificating over the incomprehensible amounts of money sloshing around in football nowadays is a permanent fixture in pubs, on terraces and on talk radio.

The improved broadcasting rights deal that top-flight clubs got this season means that British football is living high on the hog like never before, and the orgy of excess doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon… Even with Financial Fair Play on the way.

So, in a week in which Yaya Toure, a hulking midfield colossus who earns a stipend of around £220,000 a week from Manchester City, declared his dissatisfaction with his employer’s failure to properly wish him happy birthday, the Money Shot thought it a prudent time to pick over what clubs could do with the bumper cash pay-out they received from the Premier League this season.

At the end of 2013-14, England and Wales’ leading clubs collectively took home a whopping £1.5bn from the Premier League, which is enough to pay for the energy bills of more than a million households. Astoundingly, this money doesn’t include the income clubs get from things like ticket sales, merchandise, the Champions League or "official noodle partnerships".

By sheer dint of being on telly more than anyone else this season, Brendan Rodgers’ revitalised Liverpool took home more broadcasting cash than any other club, £97.5m. With this, Merseysiders could have bought 1,069 houses in the city, or paid the annual salary of 3,887 fans. Just behind them in the table, with their £94m pay-out Chelsea could only buy 75 houses in the upmarket area of West London they call home.

To really get a flavour of what’s going on, the ever-busy stats jockeys at have rustled up an engrossing interactive table for you to pore over, so you can find out what real-world stuff football’s bumper broadcasting lolly could buy. Behold!

Premier League Spending

That should keep you busy until the World Cup kicks off next month.

Short change – money news in brief

A survey by Homeowners Alliance has found that 34% of people would struggle if interest rates were to rise and they had to pay more for their mortgage.

Wimbledon is the ‘yuppie capital’ of Britain, according to Lloyds Bank.

A new site called Car Quid is offering drivers up to £100 a month to advertise on the side of their car. Where can the Money Shot sign up?

The Financial Ombudsman service has revealed that it’s receiving an average of 8,000 complaints a day.

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And finally

Cats generally spend a lot of time washing, chilling and occasionally scampering about a bit, right? Well, perhaps not. It appears that we’ve been underestimating them.

First, there was the cat which saved a boy from a dog attack which did the rounds on the internet a few weeks ago. Now, a cat in New Zealand has returned home with a bag of illegal street drugs.

The cat’s owner, astounded at the feline’s haul, immediately rang the police, who promptly removed the gear.

A New Zealand police spokesman quipped: ''We certainly have police dogs trained to detect drugs - this might be something police could explore in the future.''

Join us next week for another thrilling instalment of the MONEY SHOT.