Top 5 world’s most valuable sports teams in 2019
Forbes recently released a list of 50 most valuable sports teams across the world. Except for the football (soccer) teams that are from Europe, all the other ones this year are American and more than half of all the tops are NFL squads.
To get into the top 50 this year, teams had to have a value above $2.075 billion, which is $1.2 billion more from five years ago. These teams are all swimming in cash and except from one they all turned a profit of at least $25 million from last season.
As the list shows, the record of winning isn’t necessarily correlated with the teams’ value. The most important things are the ballooning media rights deals and collective bargaining agreements that restrain player costs. Let’s take a closer look at those who cracked the top 5.
1. Dallas Cowboys — $5 billion (NFL)
Dallas Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1996, yet they rule the top as the world’s most valuable sports franchise for the fourth-straight year. Nine Cowboys games were one of the 50 highest-rated sports TV broadcasts in 2018. They manage to generate about $340 million in sponsorship and premium-seating revenue at AT&T Stadium, which is twice as much as any other team.
2. New York Yankees —$4.6 billion (MLB)
The Yankees grew 15% in value in compering from last year, and are the biggest team in baseball. Attendance at Yankee Stadium jumped 10% last year and viewership of their games on the YES Network, which they bought back from Walt Disney, was 57% higher than any other baseball franchise in 2018.
3. Real Madrid — $4.24 billion (soccer)
Real Madrid ranks as the highest soccer clubs among the eight in the top 50, with a 4% grew in its value. It is owned by more than 90,000 members, who elect a club president and they also managed to collect more than $100 million for winning its second-straight Champions League crown in 2018.
4. Barcelona — $4.02 billion (soccer)
Barca follows a similar structure than its biggest rivals Real Madrid. Lionel Messi had a triumphant season, which rolled him up to a home run, and they also lifted the La Liga and Copa del Rey titles in the 2017/18 season. However, the club was the only top-50 to post a loss on an operating basis, since they lost $37 million due to excessive player costs.
5. New York Knicks — $4 billion (NBA)
The Knicks grew 11% in value from last year and they are one of the nine NBA teams in the top 50. However, recently they enjoyed more success off the court than on it. The enormous revenue of $1 billion was generated from the Madison Square Garden Company. The NBA league definitely made the most spectacular move in value last few years, since there were only two teams in the top 50 in 2012 – the Lakers and the Knicks.
Check Forbes’ full list of the top-50 most valuable franchises in the world here.
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