Forbes has released its annual ranking of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. The Dallas Cowboys top the list for the second straight year, worth an estimated $4.8 billion.
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The NFL is the most valuable sports franchise in the world. They generate the most revenue of any sports league and have the most valuable television contracts. The NFL also has the most recognizable brands in all of sports.
The NFL’s Revenue
In 2018, the NFL generated $8.1 billion in revenue. This was an increase of 5% from the 2017 season, when the league generated $7.8 billion in revenue. The NFL’s revenue is primarily generated through three sources: broadcast rights, ticket sales, and sponsorship deals.
The vast majority of the NFL’s broadcast rights are owned by two companies: CBS and NBC. Together, these companies account for about $3.1 billion of the NFL’s annual revenue. The other $5 billion comes from ticket sales and sponsorship deals.
Ticket sales account for about $1.3 billion of the NFL’s annual revenue, while sponsorship deals account for the remaining $3.7 billion. The NFL has increased its revenue each year since 2010, when it generated $6.2 billion. In 2018, the league generated more than double that amount at $8.1 billion.
The NFL’s Most Valuable Teams
In 2019, the Dallas Cowboys were once again the most valuable sports franchise in the world, according to Forbes. The Cowboys were valued at $5 billion, up from $4.8 billion in 2018. The New England Patriots, who were valued at $3.7 billion in 2018, ranked second with a value of $4.4 billion.
Rounding out the top five were the New York Yankees ($4 billion), Los Angeles Rams ($3.8 billion) and the New York Knicks ($3.6 billion).
The Yankees remained the most valuable MLB team for the 20th consecutive year and are now worth $4 billion, up from $3.7 billion in 2018. The Los Angeles Dodgers are second with a value of $3 billion, followed by the Boston Red Sox ($2.8 billion), Chicago Cubs ($2.6 billion) and San Francisco Giants ($2.5 billion).
The Knicks are the most valuable NBA franchise for the fourth consecutive year and are now worth $3.6 billion, up from $3.5 million in 2018. The Los Angeles Lakers are second with a value of $3.7 billion, followed by the Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2.9 million) and Houston Rockets ($2.8 million).
The NBA’s Revenue
In the 2018-19 season, the NBA generated $8.76 billion in total revenue. This was an 8% increase from the previous year and marked a new league record. The NBA also set a new record for total attendance, with more than 28 million fans attending games during the regular season and playoffs.
The vast majority of the NBA’s revenue comes from television agreements and corporate sponsorships. In the 2018-19 season, broadcast partners NBC, ABC, TNT, and ESPN paid a combined $2.66 billion to air NBA games. This was up from $2.5 billion in the previous year. The NBA also has deals in place with numerous corporate sponsors, including Nike, Beats by Dre, Gatorade, and Kia Motors. These sponsorships are worth an estimated $1.27 billion per year.
The NBA’s Most Valuable Teams
The Los Angeles Lakers are the most valuable NBA franchise, according to Forbes’ annual evaluation, which was released Wednesday. The Lakers are worth $4.4 billion, up 12% from last year and their highest valuation in the magazine’s history.
The Knicks ($4 billion) are second on the list, followed by the Warriors ($3.5 billion), Bulls ($2.9 billion) and Rockets ($2.8 billion).
Rounding out the top 10 are the Celtics ($2.7 billion), cellphone maker and Knicks owner David Sterne’s T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas($2.6 billion), Nets ($2.5 billion), Spurs ($2.3 billion) and Heat ($1.7 billion).
In 2018, the New York Yankees took in the most revenue of any team in Major League Baseball. The Yankees brought in a total of $619 million that year. That is almost double what the second most profitable team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, made that year. The Yankees are the most valuable sports franchise in the world, worth an estimated $4.6 billion.
In 2017, the MLB pulled in a total revenue of $10.7 billion dollars. Of that, $1.3 billion came from broadcasting/television rights, with an additional $509 million coming from MLB Advanced Media’s digital rights. Ticket sales brought in $856 million, and baseball-related consumer products such as jerseys and memorabilia added another $527 million to the total. Sponsorship deals accounted for $892 million, and the MLB also pulled in $935 million from concessions and other stadium-related revenue.
MLB’s Most Valuable Teams
With a revenue of $6.6 billion in 2019, the New York Yankees are the most valuable baseball team, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. Valued at $4 billion, the Yankees are also the most valuable sports franchise in the world.
The NHL is the most profitable sports franchise in North America. The average NHL team is worth $1.25 billion, which is more than any other professional sports league in the world. The NHL has been able to generate more revenue than any other sports league because of its popularity in the United States and Canada.
In the 2018-2019 season, the NHL generated a revenue of $4.85 billion dollars. The majority of this revenue came from gate receipts and broadcasting rights fees.
NHL’s Most Valuable Teams
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
According to Forbes, these are the NHL’s most valuable teams for 2019:
1. Toronto Maple Leafs – $1.45 billion
2. New York Rangers – $1.4 billion
3. Montreal Canadiens – $950 million
4. Chicago Blackhawks – $825 million
5. Boston Bruins – $800 million
6. Detroit Red Wings – $775 million
7. Los Angeles Kings – $750 million
8. Philadelphia Flyers – $725 million