Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Middlesbrough, Brighton set for richest-ever game in soccer

06 May 2016, 21:34

London - It's one game, with about $250 million riding on it.

When Middlesbrough and Brighton meet in England's League Championship on Saturday, they'll be taking part in the most valuable soccer game in history.

For the winner, a place in the Premier League and all the riches that offers. The league's new domestic and international TV deals start next season and are worth a record $12 billion over three years.

For the loser, brief agony, but there's a catch. The team will drop into the four-team playoffs, so it will get a second chance at achieving promotion over the next three weeks.

Also read: Fellaini ban adds to Van Gaal selection headache

"This isn't a normal game," said Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, the former Real Madrid defender who used to be assistant coach at the Spanish club under Jose Mourinho.

Heading into the final round of games, Middlesbrough and Brighton have 88 points, behind already-promoted Burnley. Middlesbrough is in second place because of a better goal difference, so a draw will also be good enough for promotion.

Soccer finance expert Deloitte has worked out that the team promoted will benefit from future additional revenue of at least 170 million pounds ($246 million) compared to what they would generate if not promoted. This is based on a combination of extra revenue attained from playing in the Premier League next season (at least $140 million) and guaranteed "parachute payments" in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons if they are relegated after one season ($110 million across the two seasons).

That is about 40 million pounds ($58 million) more than in 2015, because of the Premier League's new television rights deals.

The increase in revenue for the promoted team could rise to in excess of $420 million if it survives the first season in the Premier League, Deloitte said.

That is far beyond what winners of football's most coveted titles, the World Cup or Europe's Champions League, will earn in prize money.

FIFA paid the German soccer federation $35 million for winning the 2014 World Cup.

European champion Barcelona got more than 61 million euros ($69 million) from UEFA for winning the title last year, though runner-up Juventus was the biggest earner, getting 89 million euros ($102 million) because of its share of lucrative Italian TV rights.

"Whilst the short-term priority is usually investment in the playing squad," said Richard Battle, senior manager in the sports business group at Deloitte, "a strong emphasis on ongoing financial stability can leave a club well-positioned for the future, whether or not they survive that first season.

"Burnley bouncing straight back to the top flight of English football is evidence that short-term financial restraint can support medium-term success."

Brighton has never played in the Premier League, which started in 1992. The club was last in England's top flight in 1983, when it was relegated the same year it reached the FA Cup final against Manchester United and lost in a replay.

"We know what the levels are, but we have got to take that one step more, because we have to win," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton, who has coached Newcastle and Norwich in the Premier League.

"We are certainly not frightened by the challenge, we know how big the challenge is. They are favorites. They are at home. We are going to have to do something to win it."

Middlesbrough hasn't been in the Premier League since 2009, when its 11-year stay in the top flight was ended by relegation.

- AP


Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...