Report: Half the cash from next season's improved TV deal will be paid out to clubs in August

By John McGinley

June 17, 2020

Half of the cash from the improved TV deal struck between Sky Sports and the SPFL will be paid out to clubs as early as August, The Scottish Daily Mail reports.

Sky will become exclusive broadcasters of the Scottish Premiership after years of sharing the rights with competitors such as BT Sport.

Reported to be worth as much as £25m a year, a large portion of that TV money will be winging its way to the bank accounts of clubs up and down the divisions in early August when the league plans to resume top-flight action.

The remaining 50% will be paid out to clubs based on their final league positions as prize money.

Front-loading as much of this money as possible makes perfect sense considering the financial pressure that the ongoing public health crisis is putting on clubs.

With matches currently due to commence behind closed doors, Celtic and other clubs will not have the financial power that fans going through the turnstiles brings.

Club officials at the Hoops have made no secret of the fact that we are not immune from financial challenges, though surely we are in a better position than the vast majority of professional clubs in Scotland.

Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With our route to the group stages of the Champions League also made clearer today, along with our return to training last week, there is positive momentum towards seeing Neil Lennon’s Bhoys in action once again.

That will be a glorious moment.