What Premier League clubs could do with ‘millions lost’ to online streams

With all the 'illegal' streaming of Premier League games going on, it's a wonder that any of them can afford to pay for 97-member backroom staff.

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Poverty-stricken Premier League clubs are allegedly losing around £1million worth of sponsorship EVERY game because of illegal streaming, a new study claims.

The ‘unique’ study, commissioned by an unnamed Premier League side, found that games in England’s top division attracted an average illegal audience of 7.1 million viewers.

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And with the majority of these viewers coming from thriving nations such as Vietnam and Kenya, cash-strapped Premier League clubs are determined to stamp it out.

The twenty top-flight teams currently depend upon the miserly £4.4billion deals in place with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon and fear that digital piracy could reduce their CEO’s families to fewer than ten lobster-based meals per week.

Here we look at some examples of how this lost revenue could be used by these impoverished clubs:

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Arsenal: The Gunners could finally clear-off Jack Wilshere’s medical bills.

Aston Villa: With this sort of extra cash, Dean Smith’s side might be able to cover the costs Tyrone Mings’ fines this season.

Burnley: The additional funds would enable The Clarets to pay Sean Dyche a full-time salary allowing him to quit his evening job as a nightclub bouncer.

Chelsea: The Blues could offer all season ticket holders extensive hypnotherapy to help them forget about the time Chris Sutton played for the club.

Crystal Palace: The Selhurst Park outfit might finally be able to pay off the electric bill ran up by Simon Jordan’s sunbed

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Everton: The Toffees could finally afford to splash out on that solid gold statue of Andy van der Meyde

Leicester City: Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha could afford to get his own name printed on the back of his replica Leicester shirt

Liverpool: The extra dough means the Champions League winners could pay for Roberto Firmino’s teeth whitening for a full season.

Manchester City: The Citizens could buy mannequins dressed in club colours to fill their empty seats on matchdays.

Manchester United: The Glazer family could finally have that waterfall feature installed in the 27th bathroom of their Florida mansion.

Newcastle United: The Geordie club would most likely splash out on a new hot tub for Mike Ashley before the end of the transfer window.

Norwich City: The Canaries could write-off Delia Smith’s matchday drinks tab.

Sheffield United: The Bramall Lane outfit could bribe Franck Ribery’s agent.

Tottenham: Spurs could turn their disused trophy room into the swanky cheese room we were promised in the new ground.

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