Sport. It really has become a money-making exercise for the top teams from around the world, who don’t necessarily have to be rich in success to make money. But who is the world’s most valuable sports franchise in the world? Click to be shocked!
TV revenues, merchandise and sports-manufacturers sponsorships are what drive the finances of the world’s top sports franchises and they make soccer giants like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona an absolute fortune. But although soccer is the most popular sport in the world, these three teams are behind one football institution in being the biggest sports franchise in the world. Can you guess who it is?
Drum roll please… the biggest sports franchise in the world is the DALLAS COWBOYS! Christened “America’s Team,’ despite the fact they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1995, the Cowboys franchise is estimated to be worth a staggering $4 billion. That figure was boosted by a recent TV deal drafted by the NFL that saw the football team soar to the front of the pack.
European soccer giants Real Madrid are in second with a worth of $3.26 billion, and because of talent like Cristiano Ronaldo on their roster their coffers are swelled by merchandise with his name emblazoned on, as well as the TV revenues for playing in the Champions League, which they won in 2015.
In third place we have a tie between Tom Brady‘s New England Patriots and the cash-rich New York Yankees. The baseball giants have been the top dog in MLB financially since 1998, and have 5 World Series wins to their name because of it. While despite having to pay off a stadium debt owed for their privately financed Gillette Stadium, the Patriots success on-the-filed coupled with the fact they pay their players a lot less than a lot of football teams has seen their net worth swell. The Patriots’ ticket-pricing is the steepest in the NFL, so that helps generate money too.
Two more soccer giants make up the next two places, with Lionel Messi‘s Barcelona coming in with an estimated worth of $3.16 billion and Manchester United at $3.1 billion. United suffered since going on the stock market in 2012, with shares plummeting with the team’s on-the-pitch success to blame for that drop. However, after signing a $108 billion kit deal with Adidas for the next 10-years, they’re making dollar in other ways.
The LA Lakers may have sucked this season in the NBA, but they are still a HUGE franchise with an estimated worth of $2.6 billion. That puts them in 7th, and makes them the biggest team in basketball. But they’re closely followed by the New York Knicks, who with a franchise worth $2.5 billion should really be challenging for top honors. In fact, both these teams should be!
The LA Dodgers, who inked a 25-year $8.35 billion TV deal with Time Warner Cable in 2013, make it in the top nine, while the final team to make up the ten is the Washington Redskins, who are worth $2.4 billion. That’s why they can afford to pay Robert Griffin III a $15 million contract for just two years, right?!
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