How parachute payments are slowly killing the Championship

The Championship is by many people classed as the hardest league to get out of due to the competitiveness and due to the fact that anyone can beat anyone. However, each year the value of parachute payments increases meaning the clubs that come down gain a significant advantage.

West Brom who finished bottom of the Premier League received a total of £94,666,492 in prize money while Stoke received £98,857,518 and Swansea received 98,529,028 in prize money this season. Now lets compare that to the Championship champions Wolves who this season received £7.4 million in prize money. A huge difference.

The main income of money to the Premier League clubs is the huge amount of money that they gain from the TV rights deal between Sky and BT. It is estimated that figure in the 2016/17 season stood at around £87m. That is a staggering figure that enables the clubs that are relegated from the top flight to have an enormous advantage on the clubs that are already in the Championship.

For example Middlesbrough who were relegated from the Premier League in the 2016/17 season were given a total payment figure of £98,820,976 one top of this in the three seasons following it they so (2017/18, 18/19,19/20) they will receive Premier League money unless they win promotion back within that time. Last season (2017/18) they received £35 million from the Premier League as they will do next season as they failed to return after losing in the play-offs to Aston Villa.

Talking of Villa after failing to win at Wembley they are now in all sorts of financial trouble and not only have parachute payments started to kill the league they are beginning to kill the clubs. Villa are the best example after spending hefty amounts on the singings of Kodja, Scott Hogan and Ross McCormack in recent years and a sky high wage bill has effected the club in massively and now they are facing the consequences as their money from the Premier League decreases and they have to sell players to balance the books.

All of this in my eyes gives these teams an unfair advantage on the others. Take my team for example, Millwall we came out of League One via the play-offs and in our first season in the Championship nearly managed to get into the top six showing that sometimes pride and passion for the badge can count for more than money. Millwall spent less than £1 million and were able to mix with the likes of Middlesbrough and Derby for a place in the top six which shows number 1 how well the management team of Neil Harris and Dave Livermore have done but also that every player in that team played with passion and dedication for the shirt which was lacking in some of the big hitters last season.