Derby County and QPR seek pay day with possible promotion
Derby County and Queens Park Rangers play at Wembley on Saturday to see who joins the Premier League for the 2014/15 season and secures the biggest winning prize in world football, which comes with gaining promotion to England’s top flight.
According to the accounting firm Deloitte, winning the Football League Championship play-off would be worth £120 million (Dh741.9m) to Derby and £80m to QPR.
The sum is lower for QPR because they would otherwise continue to benefit from parachute payments after demotion from the Premier League in 2013.
Derby hope to return to the Premier League after a six-year absence.
Championship winners Leicester City and runners-up Burnley secured the two automatic promotion places.
The value of the promotion play-off to the winners has risen three-fold over the past decade, as the value of television monies on offer to those clubs in the Premier League has continued to rise.
“The winners can expect a significant revenue increase in 2014/15 – their first season following promotion to the Premier League,” Adam Bull, senior consultant in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, told the BBC.
In addition, parachute payments for relegated teams have increased in value and length. “Based on existing distribution methods, even if a club is relegated after one season in the Premier League, it will be entitled to parachute payments over the following four seasons of at least £60m,” Bull said.
QPR are seeking a return to the top flight after being relegated a year ago. Harry Redknapp remains their manager. Derby are led by the former England manager Steve McClaren.
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Published: May 23, 2014 04:00 AM