In some ways, this is the main event. We play, we win, we lose, we gain promotion, we suffer relegation, we accumulate trophies. But really, what we’re in this for is the thrill of the deal. Getting that dream player that will be the final piece of the jigsaw for your team. Signing a Galactico.
Let me outline how you can do this next season.
POWF Plate prize money is straightforward. It’s a standalone competition; if you do well you are rewarded. The gap between winner and worst team has been reduced by £5m next season so it’s now £30m.
This year the league prize money is slightly different. You win more the higher you place until you get to the top four…
… where you have to do well in the Champions League to recoup your league money and more.
These are the numbers, read on afterwards if you want to wade through the twisted logic. Be warned: It’s dull.
The intention for the Champions League was to revitalise the Second Cup, create a marquee final in the middle of the season and give a mid-season financial payout to keep those transfers flowing. Yet we don’t want to financially over-compensate the top teams and reduce competition.
- Anyone who isn’t in the Champions League receives a solidarity payment of £20m + £4.5m at the same time as the prize money is paid out. Hugs all round.
- The league prize money for Division One & Two is slightly less than last season for all teams – essentially we’re all getting a deferred payment mid-season through the Champions League.
- The £4.5m is the teamsheet bonus clubs not involved would miss.
Here’s the key bit:
- Based on the league increments, the winner of Division One should be getting £50m in league prize money. They’re not, it’s capped at £45m for them, £5m less than they should be getting.
- However, the league prize money isn’t capped for Division Two teams.
- With the Champions League winning prize money being £10m more than the solidarity payment, if the Division One winner were to also win the Champions League they’d effectively be receiving £5m (they’ll get £10m… but they’ve lost £5m in league prize money), whereas a Division Two team would be receiving the full £10m.
Division One teams have to perform in line with their stature to recoup the money they would have gotten from the league. For example, the second place team in Division One is getting £4m less and needs to come second in the Champions League to win £4m.
With Division One teams, you’ve effectively only won extra money if you perform better than your league position. Which I guess is fair, it is a competition after all.