Thursday, May 22, 2014

Whoever wins this Championship playoff gets £134 million. Wow!

*.The Championship play-off final winners will accrue £134m over the next five years *.The Wembley showpiece is the most lucrative one-off fixture in sport *.The promoted club will earn £62m just for being in the Premier League next season *.Queens Park Rangers and Derby County will play for a place in the Premier League The Championship play-off final is famously the single most lucrative one-off fixture in the whole of global sport, and it’s now richer than ever. Sportsmail can reveal that the payday for the winner of this weekend’s showdown between Derby County and QPR will be £134million - at least. That sum is new income that the winner will accrue, at minimum, over the next five years, that the loser will not. It’s winner takes all, and that £134m is a worse-case scenario. Harry Redknapp admits that there is 'an awful lot at stake' as Queens Park Rangers take on Derby County in the Championship play-off final on Saturday, but he is confident his side have the experience to stand up to the challenge. Redknapp will go head-to-head with former colleague Steve McClaren as the pair put their sides against each other for a place in the Premier League next season. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the QPR boss said: 'Our experience will stand us in good stead. We've got a lot of leaders in our squad which helps at Wembley'.