EPL Table Week 38: Final Standings, Top Earners and Impact of Season Climax

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  A Manchester City fan shows off a banner mocking Liverpool at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool's failure in capturing the Premier League title does have a silver lining after it was revealed that Brendan Rodgers' side are England's top earners this season.

The Daily Mail's John Drayton published a report this week explaining that while Manchester City finished up as champions, the Citizens are still second-best to their Merseyside rivals in terms of revenue earned this term.

2013-14 Premier League Final Standings
PositionClubPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoal Diff.Points
1Manchester City3827566586
6Tottenham Hotspur3821611469
7Manchester United38197122164
9Stoke City38131114-750
10Newcastle United3815419-1649
11Crystal Palace3813619-1545
12Swansea City3811918042
13West Ham United3811720-1140
15Aston Villa3810820-2238
16Hull City3810721-1537
17West Bromwich Albion3871516-1636
18Norwich City388921-3433
20Cardiff City387922-4230

The changes in television revenue distribution have meant that even bottom-finishers Cardiff City receive a sizeable £64 million for their troubles, only £1.2 million of which comes from prize money.

Each club receives a flat rate of £54 million just for participating, with the other rewards decided by performance and the respective allure of their television presence.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  (L-R) Manchester City Goalkeeping Coach Xabier Mancisidor, Joint Assistant Manager Brian Kidd, Manager Manuel Pellegrini, Joint Assistant Manager Ruben Cousillas and Fitness Coach Jose Cabello pose with the trophy after the
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So, while Manchester United's disappointing campaign meant that their prize money dropped to £16.8 million as a result of their seventh-placed finish, the Red Devils are still just off the top-earning Reds as a result of their appeal to broadcasters.

Liverpool would have gained a small boost in prize money if they were able to hang on and win the title, but a loss to Chelsea two weeks ago, followed up by a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace proved too damaging to their chances.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on prior to the the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The boost in financial benefits also means that the relegated trio of Cardiff City, Fulham and Norwich City will have an easier time of things in the Championship next season, pocketing an average of £65 million each.

Prize money increases by increments of £1.2 million per place in the table, meaning that the likes of Crystal Palace and Sunderland in particular benefited most from the last few weeks of the campaign.

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Each club went from relegation candidates to go on and record 11th and 14th-place finishes, respectively, giving the Eagles and Black Cats some major fiscal rewards.

Tony Pulis' side won five of their last eight matches, while Gus Poyet led his team to an admirable revival in which the Wearsiders claimed 13 of a possible 18 points in their last six fixtures.

Sporting Intelligence outlined some of the finer details that the new model of television revenue would have on Premier League clubs just prior to Sunday's final fixtures of the 2013-14 season:

So, while the jump in rewards is significant, Manchester United and Manchester City must still find other means of raking in income just to pay off their substantial wage bills.

These changes further highlight the importance of money in football, if its impact wasn't clear enough already, with even the smaller sides reaping the rewards of their place in the Premier League.

It will make the fight for promotion from the Championship, in particular, vastly more competitive next term as clubs desperately bid for a ticket to the promised land.