SPFL sides to share record £21m prize money payout in 2015/16 season
Nation's 42 senior sides to benefit as revenue distribution pot reaches an all-time high.
Scottish Professional Football League clubs are set to receive a record payout in prize money in the 2015/16 season.
Documents obtained by STV outline a pot of £21,100,000 will be distributed to the nation's 42 senior sides, a rise of around £2.5m on the previous year.
The 14% increase in revenue comes in the season the SPFL agreed a £2m per-year deal with Ladbrokes to sponsor all four divisions until the summer of 2017. An extension to the league's broadcast deals with Sky and BT was also signed.
Premiership clubs will continue to receive the lion's share of the cash, with 82.25% of the total money available being distributed to the top 12.
The biggest chunk will go to the Premiership champions, who are due to receive £2.83m across the course of the season.
"While it’s not easy to compare the current position with that pre-merger, it’s fair to say that we believe this season’s revenue distribution by the league to top flight clubs is the highest in the history of the Scottish game," the chief executive of the SPFL, Neil Doncaster, told STV.
"Since the SPFL has formed we have seen positive changes such as the introduction of Premiership play-offs, new sponsors and improved TV broadcast deals, which all contribute towards the overall payout to all 42 clubs increasing significantly year-on-year.
"The SPFL is committed to making sure that this upward trajectory of income continues for the benefit of all 42 member clubs."
Scottish Premiership revenue distribution for 2015/16
Premiership prize money is paid out in four chunks across the 2015/16 season.
Every team receives a guaranteed amount of £742,500, the vast majority of which was paid at the start of the campaign, with a second payment in December.
A further sum is paid in April after the league splits into two groups of six teams. Sides in the top six are given a further £395,000 each, with bottom six clubs getting £157,500.
The remainder of balances due based on final league positions is paid in the summer.
The team finishing bottom receives an additional £300,000 in their first year outside of the Premiership, with a further £125,000 paid if they spend a second season outside of the top flight.
A team relegated through the play-offs would typically receive £500,000 in year one, and a further £250,000 if necessary in year two. This payment had previously been funded by the Scottish FA and it is not yet clear who will find it in 2015/16.
Scottish Premiership guaranteed revenues + performance-related payment
Scotland versus Europe
Where does that money come from? Cash from broadcast deals make up the bulk. And while it pales in comparison to the riches down south, it stacks up favourably compared to other nations of a similar size.
Premiership clubs will get around £16.5m of their money from broadcast deals. In comparison, clubs in Austria get £6.5m less, Danish teams get 33% more, while Norwegian sides get roughly the same as us.
Best of the rest
The remaining £3.75m in the pot is distributed to Scotland's 30 other clubs. The winners of the 2015/16 Championship stand to make nearly £500,000, with a total of £2.5m paid to the 10 teams in the division.
A further £727,950 and £474,450 is paid to teams in League One and League Two respectively, using a percentage-based system.
Scottish Championship revenue distribution
Scottish League One revenue distribution
Scottish League Two revenue distribution