Leicester City get £640,000 for live TV coverage
Leicester City will receive £640,000 in compensation for their televised Championship games.
The figures were released by the Football League in the simmering row about the number of home league games televised this season.
By the end of the campaign, City will have switched eight of their home matches from 3pm on Saturday to accommodate live coverage.
It has meant that only one home game has taken place at 3pm on a Saturday since December 22 – against Sheffield Wednesday on March 9.
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Nobody from Sky was prepared to comment on the position, but the Football League did release the financial details.
They point out that each club in the division receives £80,000 for every home league game that is selected.
This means that City will have been paid £640,000 by the time cameras arrive at the King Power Stadium for their Friday clash with Watford on April 26, their final home game.
This so-called 'facility fee' is to cover any expenses the club may incur when staging a live televised game, including compensation for any loss of ticket sales.
The average attendance in all seven of City's home Championship games played at 3pm on a Saturday is 23,476.
By contrast, the average for home games shown on Sky Sports – excluding the snow-hit Middlesbrough game – is 21,451.
Away sides do not receive any of the fee .
The £640,000 City will receive is in addition to the £1.8 million that all Championship sides get in monthly payments from the Football League, which includes broadcast income plus sponsorship deals such as npower and Capital One.
On top of that, City will also receive £2.1m through the Premier League's solidarity payments.
The switching of fixtures from 3pm on Saturday has annoyed many season-ticket holders. City said they did not want to add anything to a previous statement when they referred to the changes as "unprecedented."
They are worried about the effect on season-ticket holders and said they "empathise" with them, but point out the decision on televising games is outside their control.
They have offered them a free ticket to either the Millwall, Bolton or Birmingham night games.
However, Cliff Ginnetta, chairman of the official supporters' club, questioned the gesture.
"The season-ticket holders aren't getting the free ticket," he said. "It's their friends or family that are getting them.
"They say it is a gesture but, if they didn't give the tickets away, the seats would probably be empty anyway. It's not that big a gesture.
"You buy your season ticket and you know one or two will get changed but you're not expecting eight or nine to be moved.
"I'm not blaming the club for it but all the clubs should get together to try and limit the number of home games that are on television."