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

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EPL Table Week 38: Final Standings, Top Earners and Impact of Season Climax
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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
Position Club Played Wins Draws Losses Goal Diff. Points
1 Manchester City 38 27 5 6 65 86
2 Liverpool 38 26 6 6 51 84
3 Chelsea 38 25 7 6 44 82
4 Arsenal 38 24 7 7 27 79
5 Everton 38 21 9 8 22 72
6 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 6 11 4 69
7 Manchester United 38 19 7 12 21 64
8 Southampton 38 15 11 12 8 56
9 Stoke City 38 13 11 14 -7 50
10 Newcastle United 38 15 4 19 -16 49
11 Crystal Palace 38 13 6 19 -15 45
12 Swansea City 38 11 9 18 0 42
13 West Ham United 38 11 7 20 -11 40
14 Sunderland 38 10 8 20 -19 38
15 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 -22 38
16 Hull City 38 10 7 21 -15 37
17 West Bromwich Albion 38 7 15 16 -16 36
18 Norwich City 38 8 9 21 -34 33
19 Fulham 38 9 5 24 -45 32
20 Cardiff City 38 7 9 22 -42 30

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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.

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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.

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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.

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