To become one of the most valuable sports franchises these days, you really need to attract a few big numbers. In terms of numbers, this year the data has increased by 18% compared to recent years. 18% for one year. And that’s just the limit to get on the Top 50 list. To put it another way, more than 35 teams worth more than $ 1 billion haven’t made it to the sacred halls of Forbes.
How is such growth possible at all? Television contracts are growing exponentially, employment contracts with players, sponsorship deals and ticket prices are being concluded; all have risen and this means that the value of franchises has risen. So, considering all this, who made the top 5:
- Dallas cowboys
For the second year in a row, “Dallas Cowboys” took first place with market value of $ 4.8 billion. What makes their value so stunning is the fact that they haven’t won an NFL championship in more than two decades. How did they cope then? Well, a lot of them are related to their stadium, which a) is worth $ 1.2 billion and b) the rights to name the stadium have been sold for almost $ 600 million.
- New York Yankees
There is another second on the list, this time the New York Yankees are the only MLB franchise to reach the top 10. What do they cost? $ 3.7 billion. Of course, it’s been a while since they won the championship themselves (to be exact, 2009), but they’ve amassed 27 world series, they’re making $ 120 million in sponsorship, and they have $ 130 million in venue revenue.
- Manchester United
It used to be the most valuable sports team in the world, but third place is not bad, not in any way, not even when you look at their value of $ 3.69 billion, which has increased by more than 10% in one year. The reason they are so successful is partly due to their legacy in the field, but mainly to their mastery of commercial income. Yes, we’re alluding to the 10-year-old $ 1 billion sponsorship deal with Adidas.
- FC Barcelona
There are many reasons why FC Barcelona is worth $ 3.64 billion. Some of them are related to the man, the myth, the legend that is Lionel Messi, some of them are related to their vast global reach, all of which lead back to their great clinics in Barcelona, and some of them are related to their deal with Nike, which is said to cost $ 175 million a year (and does not run out for another ten years). Of course, their stadium capacity can have a lot to do with it. In general, they are a big club.
- Real Madrid
Unlike everyone else on this list, Real Madrid’s net worth has actually fallen over the past year, which means that the most valuable crown of the football team has been taken from it. However, a market value of $ 3.58 billion is hardly worth complaining about. And they also use that money, providing what is one of the world’s biggest incomes – and a global icon – Cristiano Ronaldo.