Football League Solidarity Payments

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http://www.football-league.co.uk/ne...clubs-get-double-financial-boost-2281337.aspx

Interesting article here. Says that Parachute Payments will be trimmed from four years worth to three years worth although the current value of £62.8 million will inevitably increase. Also the value in TV Rights appears to have increased for the Football League as well which means more £££.

Solidarity payments will now be based on the third year of a parachute payment (currently £9.6 million but will inevitably increase). Championship Clubs not receiving parachute payments will receive 30% the total of a third year parachute payment with League One Clubs receiving 4.5% and League Two Clubs receiving 3%. Given the dramatic rise in the Premier League TV Rights deal, we could be looking at the value of a third-year parachute payment being in the region of £15-£20 million, which could see our clubs receive £675K-£900K a year just in solidarity payments which is up from the current £325K p.a!

From a Crewe fans perspective I'd welcome the increase in solidarity money as if we stay in League One, it'll keep our youth facilities running each year and we'll be able to purchase a couple of quality experienced players to compliment them each season. Sadly I can see administrations at this level becoming more common as many clubs chase the riches of trying to get to the Championship, which will pay £4.5-£6 million just in solidarity payments if the estimate given is correct!

Was wondering what everybody thought, of course extra money is welcomed to keep things afloat but there are always those clubs that constantly chase the dream only to overspend and find themselves knackered for money. Plus the average wage in this league will inevitably rise and value for money in players may be a future concern.
 

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Is there really any point in doing a Yeovil, for instance. Have one good season, get to the Championship then go straight back down and are now fighting to stave off relegation to the basement.

I remember their chairman voting against L1 and L2 clubs getting an increased payment when Yeovil got promoted - bet he'd change his mind now.

Looking at the clubs currently vying for promotion from L1 there are a couple who could throw a fair bit of cash at chasing the PL dream, but I would doubt they could achieve it. So how long will their owners be prepared to carry on doing so.

And when they call it a day - and they will - the inevitable decline begins and the cycle starts all over again.

The perils and joys of supporting traditionally lower league clubs.
 

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Is there really any point in doing a Yeovil, for instance. Have one good season, get to the Championship then go straight back down and are now fighting to stave off relegation to the basement.

I remember their chairman voting against L1 and L2 clubs getting an increased payment when Yeovil got promoted - bet he'd change his mind now.

Looking at the clubs currently vying for promotion from L1 there are a couple who could throw a fair bit of cash at chasing the PL dream, but I would doubt they could achieve it. So how long will their owners be prepared to carry on doing so.

And when they call it a day - and they will - the inevitable decline begins and the cycle starts all over again.

The perils and joys of supporting traditionally lower league clubs.
It's kind of what makes it interesting though. Imagine being Villa or Everton, both in the Premier League for 20+ years and neither have really achieved anything of note. They are just set in a cycle of playing a core 12+ teams per season, home and away, just like every season for the last couple of decades. Proper boring. At least league 1 and 2 have cycles and changes of teams having good periods in history, then struggling at the wrong end etc. Crewe being a fine example. From Championship to league 2 strugglers and back up to mid table league 1 all within a decade or so, it's part of the journey IMO.
 
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Increase in payments means jack all imo. All that will happen is players wages will increase in line and clubs will be no better off in the end.
 
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I'm wondering if we're finally returning to the days pre-ITV Digital collapse. Where clubs often spent fees on players rather than the hand-to-mouth existence that followed last few years. Yes there will inevitably be some clubs that will over-budget hilariously and end up in administration but surely this could be a good deal for sides who invest in youth, training facilities etc.

Laughable story about Yeovil that, get a rare season on the Championship gravy train and want to penalise clubs who are in League One or Two which isn't even their natural level. They'll regret it in League Two next season.
 

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It's kind of what makes it interesting though. Imagine being Villa or Everton, both in the Premier League for 20+ years and neither have really achieved anything of note. They are just set in a cycle of playing a core 12+ teams per season, home and away, just like every season for the last couple of decades. Proper boring. At least league 1 and 2 have cycles and changes of teams having good periods in history, then struggling at the wrong end etc.
Unless you support one of the top 5/6 Premier League clubs the division must be remarkably boring and costly to watch. Maybe the TV money will help the lower teams start to challenge more, at the cost of widening the gap between PL teams' and the Football League even more.
 

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The main thing I picked up on it was that Championship clubs get 30% and League One gets 4.5%. That's a huge difference and the gulf between the second and third tier will just become increasingly insurmountable, it's tough enough already.
 

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