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Richest game in soccer history ends with Middlesbrough earning promotion to English Premier League – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 10th, 2016 by Ian

Richest game in soccer history ends with Middlesbrough earning promotion to English Premier League
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When English Championship League clubs Brighton and Hove Albion and Middlesbrough squared off at Riverside Stadium on Saturday the match was being billed as the richest in soccer history. The winner would earn promotion into the English Premier League and would benefit from all the riches that go with it. It’s believed the promotion would be worth approximately $250 million to the winner due to the new $12 billion Premier League broadcasting deals which kick in with the 2016/17 season. However, the loser of the game would still have a second chance at promotion due to the English playoff system.

The encounter ended in a 1-1 draw which means the home side Middlesbrough was promoted due to a better goal difference than Brighton. Both clubs entered the final contest of the regular season with an identical 88 points and in second place. Burnley was already guaranteed of the league title and promotion to the Premier League. According to finance company Deloitte, the promoted squad will rake in minimum of about $250 million over the next three years even if they’re relegated next year. Middlesbrough will receive $140 million for playing in the top-tier next campaign and would take home another $110 million in parachute payments over the next two seasons if they’re demoted back to the second tier next year.

The total is approximately $58 million more than last season’s promoted clubs because of the new broadcasting deal, which is shared with the Premier League’s 20 teams. If Middlesbrough should happen to survive a second season in the top tier the team will earn a total of at least $420 million. This amount far outweighs what the winners of the world’s top tournaments take home in prize money, which made the Brighton-vs Middlesbrough showdown the richest ever. For comparison sake, Germany earned $35 for winning the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and Barcelona won $69 million for winning last year’s European Champions League.

As far as Brighton goes, the south coast club can still qualify for the Premier League if it wins the four-team playoffs. The club will meet Sheffield Wednesday in the first round while Derby County will tangle with Hull City.

Brighton last played in the top tier of English football back in 1983, but has never played in the Premier League, which was launched in 1992/93. Middlesbrough last played in the Premier League back in 2008/09, when they were relegated after 11 years. Christian Stuani scored in the first half to give Middlesbrough the lead against Brighton with Dale Stephens scoring the equalizer in the second half. However, Stephens was then sent off with a red card and Middlesbrough hung on for the point they needed. Middlesbrough reached the playoffs last season, but was eventually beaten by Norwich City.

 
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