08/05/18 - Nostradamus
Spurs, Fulham, West Ham, Wolves, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Watford, Cardiff City and Man City have bumped up the costs of the entries to inflation-busting levels, figures show
Nine greedy Premier League football clubs have raised their season ticket prices – despite sharing in a £5billion TV rights package.
While 11 of 20 sides froze prices, fans at Spurs, Fulham, West Ham, Wolves, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Watford, Cardiff City and Man City face inflation-busting hikes.
Arsenal top the league with a cheapest option at £891, despite freezing prices after missing out on the Champions League next season. North London rivals Spurs overtook Chelsea as the second most expensive club after a £100 hike to £795.
And newly promoted Wolves raised their cheapest season tickets by £125 to £509 – up 32.5 per cent. TV and sponsorship deals have diminished the importance of gate receipts as clubs no longer need supporters’ cash to pay players’ wages.
Sky, BT and Amazon are paying for domestic rights to the Premier League in a three-year deal from 2019 to 2022.
The Football Supporters Federation said: “The Premier League rakes in billions in broadcasting revenue and fans are an integral of that ‘product’ broadcasters pay so handsomely for.
“Clubs should be using the billions to ensure their traditional crowd is protected. Lower income fans shouldn’t be priced out.”
A Spurs spokesman: “We looked to recognise the commitment our supporters were making in moving with us to Wembley at the start of last season, such that the majority of season ticket holders saw a reduction in the price of their season ticket at Wembley compared to our final season at White Hart Lane. There is no like-for-like seat comparison between Wembley and our new stadium.
“Prior to our year away at Wembley, the cheapest adult season ticket at our old stadium was £765, which had been frozen with no increases since 2013, in a stadium that was beginning to show its age.
“In contrast, the cheapest season ticket next season will be £795, £30 more with every seat at our new stadium having uninterrupted views, comfortable modern seating, more leg-room, with spectators closer to the pitch than at any other comparable ground in the UK - as well as a significantly enhanced experience for every spectator on concourses.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United last week unveiled the Premier League’s most expensive kit at nearly £193.