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Liverpool Beats Man. City in English Soccer League Money-Making

Liverpool lost English soccer’s Premier League title to Manchester City this season, although the Reds earned more from the sport’s richest competition.

City finished with 86 points after the 38-game campaign, two more points than Liverpool. Still, the second-placed team earned a league record 97.5 million pounds ($163.6 million), about 1 million pounds more than City, according to information released by the Premier League today.

The blue Manchester team, the world’s sixth-richest soccer club, won the league on the final day of the season. It did the same in the 2012 season, and then lost the title to Manchester United last season. United, which finished seventh this season, earned 89.2 million pounds.

Third-placed Chelsea earned 94.1 million pounds, while fourth-placed Arsenal got 92.9 million pounds, according to an e-mailed statement from the league.

All 20 teams in the league received payments of 21.6 million pounds, 26.3 million pounds in overseas broadcast income and 4.3 million pounds from shared commercial revenue.

Other revenue is linked to league place and the number of times a team’s matches are broadcast live. Liverpool had the most games broadcast, 28, making up for City’s larger payment for finishing first.

Last-placed Cardiff earned 62.1 million pounds, while Fulham got 63.3 million pounds, and the third relegated club, Norwich, received 64.6 million pounds.

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