The Championship play-off final has often been dubbed the richest game in football.
At the end of a gruelling 49-game season, promotion to the Premier League will be the prize for one team later this month.
Reaching the promised land brings each club a huge injection of cash as well as the chance to play against some of the world’s best next term.
But just how lucrative is it to reach England’s top-flight via the Wembley route? talkSPORT.com takes a look…
How much is the Championship play-off final REALLY worth?
Ahead of 2020’s showdown between future Premier League rivals Fulham and Brentford, Sports financial analysts Deloitte crunched the numbers.
They say promotion will mean an increase in revenue of at least £135million over the next three seasons for the triumphant club.
That could rise to £265m over a five-year period if the club avoids relegation in their first season in the Premier League.
Ironically, Fulham, who won that 2020 meeting 2-1, were relegated the following season and have only since gone back up this term.
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Brentford, meanwhile, had to wait a further year for their Wembley glory but their survival this season has stood them in better stead for the long term.
The Bees actually stand to see an uplift in revenue of at least £160m over three years considering they were not in receipt of parachute payments like Fulham were when they got promoted.
This is also the case for several of this season’s respective bidders including Luton Town and Nottingham Forest.
But Sheffield United would forgo any future payments upon promotion having only been relegated last campaign.
Championship playoff semi-final LIVE on talkSPORT
We will bring you live commentary of both play-off semi-finals on talkSPORT.
talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of Luton Town’s clash with Huddersfield at Kenilworth Road on Friday.
talkSPORT 2 will then have exclusive commentary of Saturday’s game at Bramall Lane between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest.
The play-off final will be held at Wembley on Sunday, May 29 and talkSPORT will be under the famous arch for the huge match.
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