By Sean Whetstone
The Irons could lose up to half a billion pounds (£529m) in revenue if they are relegated and spend three seasons in the Championship.
That is now the incredible difference between the two leagues in financial terms.
Relegated Premier League clubs get three years of parachute payments in an attempt to soften the blow, but in reality, the drop would still be catastrophic.
On top of that they could lost Declan Rice at a knockdown price after sliding into the second tier.
Clubs receive £44m parachute payment in their first year of the Championship, with ticket revenue, commercial, & retail approximately halving on average.
Against West Ham last season’s record figures, the Hammers would be down £165m in revenue terms, although they would cut their wage bill considerably to compensate to limit losses. There would also be a fire sale for many players most of who – if not all – have relegation clauses in their deals.
If not promoted in the first season, in year two in the Championship, the parachute payment reduces to around £36m, which could see lost revenue amount to £172m for that last season compared to West Ham’s record turnover in the Premier League.
In a doomsday scenario where West Ham is stuck in the Championship for three seasons NowNews West Ham – Six Foot Two (6foot2.co.uk) says the parachute payment reduces to around £16m, which could see lost revenue amount to £192m for that last season compared to West Ham’s record turnover in the Premier League.