Clive Efford, the shadow sports minister, has warned Premier League clubs that if the £5bn bonanza from their latest round of TV deals merely fuels wage inflation for players it will add to concerns they are "perpetuating a culture of greed".
The Labour MP said that increased income from its next round of TV rights deals, likely to be concluded before Christmas in a process that will bring in at least £5bn and covers the period from 2013 to 2016, should mean more money for community sport.
"The Premier League is incredibly popular across the globe and we should be proud of what it has achieved but it would be a shame if community sport did not benefit from that success," said Efford.
"British football owes much of its success to the fans and to the local communities that support football clubs – more money from TV rights should mean more money invested in community sport."
He added: "This is especially true in a time of austerity. If this money goes to those who already enjoy massive salaries it will only add to concern that the Premier League is overpowering and perpetuating a culture of greed."
With the process of selling its overseas TV rights unlikely to be concluded until Christmas, the Premier League won't be drawn into a debate over how the money is carved up until there is a final figure to debate with its clubs.
But the Premier League is likely to argue that under the formula by which it distributes its television cash, bigger revenues automatically translate to more money flowing through to the rest of the game and so-called "good causes".
Under its existing formula, there is a set schedule for so-called parachute payments to relegated clubs but other payments are made on a percentage basis.
Separately, the Premier League has been lobbying Uefa without success to allow payments to good causes and for community schemes to be deducted from break even calculations under its Financial Fair Play criteria.
All 20 Premier League clubs will meet on Thursday to discuss attempts to introduce a domestic version of Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules or alternative measures that could help dampen wage inflation.