Business of Sports

Why The Richest Teams Are About To Become A Whole Lot Richer

A few weeks ago, Forbes came out with their annual list of the most valuable sports teams. The top of the list donned many names that have been there since its inception. Their legacy and location have a lot to do with their multi-billion dollar valuations, and it’s justified. One thing jumps out though: many of these teams are about to become a whole lot more valuable.

That’s because a majority of teams in the Top 20 have only found the face of their franchise recently, many within the past year.

Let’s look at the teams, but first, let’s remove the four football soccer clubs. Many of the most “valuable” teams are actually in massive debt, so it’s hard to trust the reported numbers.

Next, let’s bold each team that’s found the face of their franchise in the past three years.

Rank. Team, Value, 1-Yr change (League)

1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.2 billion, +5% (NFL)

2. New York Yankees, $3.7 billion, +9% (MLB)

3. Manchester United, $3.69 billion, +11% (EPL)

4. FC Barcelona, $3.64 billion, +2% (La Liga)

5. Real Madrid, $3.58 billion, -2% (La Liga)

6. New England Patriots, $3.4 billion, +6% (NFL)

7. New York Knicks, $3.3 billion, +10% (NBA)

8. New York Giants, $3.1 billion, +11% (NFL)

9. San Francisco 49ers, $3 billion, +11% (NFL)

9. Los Angeles Lakers, $3 billion, +11% (NBA)

11. Washington Redskins, $2.95 billion, +4% (NFL)

12. Los Angeles Rams, $2.9 billion, +100% (NFL)

13. New York Jets, $2.75 billion, +6% (NFL)

13. Los Angeles Dodgers, $2.75 billion, +10% (MLB)

15. Bayern Munich, $2.71 billion, +1% (Bundesliga)

16. Chicago Bears, $2.7 billion, +10% (NFL)

16. Boston Red Sox, $2.7 billion, +17% (MLB)

18. Chicago Cubs, $2.68 billion, +22% (MLB)

1. Dallas Cowboys: $4.2 billion 

QB Dak Prescott & RB Ezekiel Elliott

2. New York Yankees: $3.7 billion

OF Aaron Judge, C Gary Sanchez, & MLB’s best farm system

7. New York Knicks: $3.3 billion

F Kristaps Porzingis

8. New York Giants: $3.1 billion

WR Odell Beckham Jr.

9. Los Angeles Lakers: $3 billion

F Brandon Ingram & PG Lonzo Ball

13. Los Angeles Dodgers: $2.75 billion

OF Cody Bellinger

16. Boston Red Sox: $2.7 billion

OF Andrew Benintendi

18. Chicago Cubs: $2.68 billion

3B Kris Bryant, C Kyle Schwarber & 1B Anthony Rizzo

Above, we see not only budding young players, but athletes DOMINATING their respective sports. Ezekiel Elliott won the rushing title in his first year. Dak Prescott lead the Cowboys to a first round bye. Gary Sanchez finished second in ROY voting after playing only half a season. Aaron Judge broke Joe DiMaggio’s rookie home run record in only half a season and then went on to eviscerate the Home Run Derby, all while staying in Triple Crown contention.

Porzingis is “The Unicorn”. OBJ is arguably the most dynamic offensive player in the NFL. Lonzo Ball lead the summer league in double-doubles and triple-doubles and was named tournament MVP. Bellinger is the third fastest player in history to reach 30 home runs. And Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, and Anthony Rizzo broke the gravest curse in sports and lead the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in 108 years.

The future of sports looks good. The future of the world’s most valuable teams looks even better. Never in history have all these big market, high value franchises all had the faces of their franchise at the same time.

We’ll be entertained, while these owners will be a whole lot richer.

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