Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

QPR Playing for PS80m Windfall

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

QPR Playing for PS80m Windfall

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent

QUEENS PARK RANGERS know promotion to the Premier League is worth at least PS80million to them.

The club are preparing for the most lucrative game in world football as they face Derby in the Championship Play-off Final at Wembley tomorrow.

Reaching the Premier League is more important than ever thanks to the new TV deal, which kicked in this season, and promotion will net Derby at least PS120m.

The increase in revenue is lower for QPR because they will continue to receive parachute payments following their relegation last season.

QPR can expect an increase in revenue of at least PS40m next season if they go up. Even if they finish bottom of the top-flight, they would bank PS62m in prize money and then receive parachute payments of at least PS60m over four seasons.

"As a one-off game, it is the most lucrative in world football," said Adam Bull, senior consultant in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. …

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