Despite the interruption of sporting events during confinement and the decline in club income, most of the major teams weigh even more heavily this year than last year.

Indeed, some teams did not tremble in the face of the coronavirus. This is particularly the case of the New York Mets in baseball. Fred Wilpon, owner of the team for nearly two decades, however recently put on sale his team which could well become the first franchise of Major League baseball to change hands in eight years. The businessman was unwilling to continue raising player salaries, as his team have remained winless in the World Series since 1986.

That hasn’t stopped many potential buyers from coming forward, including hedge fund mogul Steve Cohen and private equity guru Josh Harris. If one of the two men ends up closing the deal, he will have to shell out more than $ 2 billion, as the Mets are among the 57 teams valued beyond that amount. Ten years ago, only the Manchester United club barely came close, with $ 1.83 billion. Today, the honor goes to the Dallas Cowboys football team for leading the highest-grossing clubs for the fifth consecutive year, at $ 5.5 billion, just ahead of the New York Yankees.

For Sal Galatioto, at the head of Galatioto Sports Partners, a sports investment company (which deals in particular with transactions for the Chicago Cubs, the Golden State Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and others), “the multibillionaires who want to get into sports are not lacking at the moment. They will pay a premium. They buy these teams not only on the basis of the numbers, but also on the value of the franchise ”.

When it comes to value, the NFL is well ahead, with American football teams occupying 27 spots in the ranking of the 50 most highly rated teams. This not only reflects the popularity of matches at the stadium, but also on television. Currently, NFL TV rights are around $ 6.5 billion a year in the United States, a figure that could double shortly given a new deal about to be signed. To afford it, Fox even withdrew from a 12-year contract to broadcast the US Open golf course. The savings thus made should help finance a potential agreement of $ 2 billion per year with the NFL.

The NBA comes in second, with 9 teams on the standings. It includes the Brooklyn Nets, recently bought by Joseph Tsai, billionaire co-founder of Alibaba. Three European football teams are also making their way into the top 10 this year, with Real Madrid leading the way. The NHL is once again absent from the list.

For the secondary teams, the Covid-19 was more felt. Several minor league baseball teams are on the verge of bankruptcy, while professional American football league XFL has closed its doors after suspending its season in March. Some teams have managed to keep their heads above water, like the Dallas Cowboys, which made operating profits of $ 420 million in 2018. If this is a record for a sports team, the league average is $ 102 million. It is for this reason that the average length of ownership of a team is four decades, and only one team has changed owners in the past five years.

According to Sal Galatioto, who knows at least half a dozen billionaires eager to buy an NFL franchise, « this scarcity factor is pushing team values ​​up. »


1.  Dallas Cowboys – NFL

Value: $ 5.5 billion

Owner:  Jerry Jones

Year of acquisition:  1989

Amount disbursed: $ 150 million


2.  New York Yankees – MLB

Value: $ 5 billion

Owner: Steinbrenner family

Year of acquisition:  1973

Amount disbursed: $ 8.8 million


3.  New York Knicks – NBA

Value: $ 4.6 billion

Owner:  Madison Square Garden Company

Year of acquisition:  1997

Amount disbursed: $ 300 million


4.  Los Angeles Lakers – NBA

Value: $ 4.4 billion

Owner:  Jerry Buss Family Trusts, Philip Anschutz

Year of acquisition:  1979, 1998

Amount paid: 20 million dollars , 268 million dollars


5.  Golden State Warriors – NBA

Value: $ 4.3 billion

Owner:  Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

Year of acquisition:  2010

Amount disbursed: 450 million dollars


6.  Real Madrid

Value: $ 4.24 billion

Owner: collective property

Year of acquisition:  N / A


7.  New England Patriots – NFL

Value: $ 4.1 billion

Owner:  Robert Kraft

Year of acquisition:  1994

Amount disbursed: $ 172 million


8. FC Barcelona

Value: $ 4.02 billion

Owner:  collective property

Year of acquisition:  N / A


9.  New York Giants – NFL

Value: $ 3.9 billion

Owner:  John Mara, Steven Tisch

Year of acquisition:  1925, 1991

Amount disbursed: $ 500 million, $ 150 million


10.  Manchester United

Value: $ 3.81 billion

Owner: Glazer family

Year of acquisition:  2005

Amount disbursed: $ 1.4 billion


11.  Los Angeles Rams – NFL

Value: $ 3.8 billion

Owner:  E. Stanley Kroenke

Year of acquisition:  2010

Amount disbursed: $ 750 million


12.  San Francisco 49ers – NFL

Value: $ 3.5 billion

Owner:  Denise DeBartolo & John York

Year of acquisition:  1977

Amount disbursed: $ 13 million


13.  Chicago Bears – NFL

Value: $ 3.45 billion

Owner: McCaskey family

Year of acquisition:  1920

Amount disbursed: $ 100


14 (tied). Los Angeles Dodgers – MLB

Value: $ 3.4 billion

Owner:  Guggenheim Baseball Management

Year of acquisition:  2012

Amount disbursed: $ 2 billion


15 (tied). Washington Football Team – NFL

Value: $ 3.4 billion

Owner:  Daniel Snyder

Year of acquisition:  1999

Amount disbursed: $ 750 million


16.  Boston Red Sox – MLB3

Value: $ 3.3 billion

Owner:  John Henry, Thomas Werner

Year of acquisition:  2002

Amount disbursed: $ 380 million


17 (tied). Chicago Bulls – NBA

Value: $ 3.2 billion

Owner:  Jerry Reinsdorf

Year of acquisition:  1985

Amount disbursed: $ 16.2 million


18 (tied). Chicago Cubs – MLB

Value: $ 3.2 billion

Owner: Ricketts family

Year of acquisition:  2009

Amount disbursed: $ 700 million


19 (tied). New York Jets – NFL

Value: $ 3.2 billion

Owner: Johnson family

Year of acquisition:  2000

Amount disbursed: $ 635 million


20 (tied). Boston Celtics – NBA

Value: $ 3.1 billion

Owner:  Wycliffe & Irving Grousbeck, Robert Epstein, Stephen Pagliuca

Year of acquisition:  2002

Amount disbursed: $ 360 million


21 (tied). Houston Texans – NFL

Value: $ 3.1 billion

Owner:  Janice McNair

Year of acquisition:  1999

Amount disbursed: $ 600 million


22 (tied). San Francisco Giants – MLB

Value: $ 3.1 billion

Owner:  Charles Johnson

Year of acquisition:  1993

Amount disbursed: $ 100 million


23.  Philadelphia Eagles – NFL

Value: $ 3.05 billion

Owner:  Jeffrey Lurie

Year of acquisition:  1994

Amount disbursed: $ 185 million


24.  Bayern Munich

Value: $ 3.02 billion

Owner: collective property

Year of acquisition:  N / A


25.  Denver Broncos – NFL

Value: $ 3 billion

Owner:  Pat Bowlen Trust

Year of acquisition:  1984

Amount disbursed: $ 78 million


26.  Oakland Raiders – NFL

Value: $ 2.9 billion

Owner:  Mark Davis

Year of acquisition:  1966

Amount disbursed: $ 180,000


27.  Green Bay Packers – NFL

Value: $ 2.85 billion

Owner: collective property

Year of acquisition:  1921

Amount disbursed: $ 100


28.  Pittsburgh Steelers – NFL

Value: $ 2.8 billion

Owner:  Daniel Rooney Trust, Arthur Rooney II

Year of acquisition:  1933

Amount disbursed: $ 2,500


29.  Seattle Seahawks – NFL

Value: $ 2.78 billion

Owner:  Paul G. Allen Trust

Year of acquisition:  1997

Amount disbursed: $ 194 million


30.  Miami Dolphins – NFL

Value: $ 2.76 billion

Owner:  Stephen Ross

Year of acquisition:  2008

Amount disbursed: $ 1.1 billion


31.  Atlanta Falcons – NFL

Value: $ 2,755 billion

Owner:  Arthur Blank

Year of acquisition:  2002

Amount disbursed: $ 545 million


32.  Baltimore Ravens – NFL

Value: $ 2.75 billion

Owner:  Stephen Bisciotti

Year of acquisition:  2004

Amount disbursed: $ 600 million


33.  Minnesota Vikings – NFL

Value: $ 2.7 billion

Owner:  Zygmunt Wilf

Year of acquisition:  2005

Amount disbursed: $ 600 million


34.  Manchester City

Value: $ 2.69 billion

Owner:  Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Year of acquisition:  2008

Amount disbursed: $ 385 million


35.  Indianapolis Colts – NFL

Value: $ 2.65 billion

Owner:  James Irsay

Year of acquisition:  1972

Amount disbursed: $ 14 million


36.  Los Angeles Clippers – NBA

Value: $ 2.6 billion

Owner:  Steve Ballmer

Year of acquisition:  2014

Amount disbursed: $ 2 billion


37.  Chelsea FC

Value: $ 2.58 billion

Owner:  Roman Abramovich

Year of acquisition:  2003

Amount disbursed: $ 233 million


38 (tied). Brooklyn Nets – NBA

Value: $ 2.5 billion

Owner:  Joseph Tsai

Year of acquisition:  2019

Amount disbursed: $ 3.3 billion


39. (tied). Los Angeles Chargers – NFL

Value: $ 2.5 billion

Owner:  Dean A. Spanos

Year of acquisition:  1984

Amount disbursed: $ 72 million


40.  Houston Rockets – NBA

Value: $ 2.48 billion

Owner:  Tilman Fertitta

Year of acquisition:  2017

Amount disbursed: $ 2.2 billion


41 (tied). Carolina Panthers – NFL

Value: $ 2.4 billion

Owner:  David Tepper

Year of acquisition:  2018

Amount disbursed: $ 2.28 billion


42 (tied). Dallas Mavericks – NBA

Value: $ 2.4 billion

Owner:  Mark Cuban

Year of acquisition:  2000

Amount disbursed: $ 280 million


43. (tied). New York Mets – MLB

Value: $ 2.4 billion

Owner:  Fred & Jeff Wilpon, Saul Katz

Year of acquisition:  2002

Amount disbursed: $ 391 million


44.  Jacksonville Jaguars – NFL

Value: $ 2.33 billion

Owner:  Shahid Khan

Year of acquisition:  2011

Amount disbursed: $ 770 million


45.  Kansas City Chiefs – NFL

Value: $ 2.3 billion

Owner:  Lamar Hunt Family

Year of acquisition:  1960

Amount disbursed: 25,000


46.  New Orleans Saints – NFL

Value: $ 2.28 billion

Owner:  Gayle Benson

Year of acquisition:  1985

Amount disbursed: $ 70.2 million


47.  Arsenal FC

Value: $ 2.27 billion

Owner:  E. Stanley Kroenke

Year of acquisition:  2011

Amount disbursed: $ 1.1 billion


48.  Arizona Cardinals – NFL

Value: $ 2.25 billion

Owner:  William Bidwill

Year of acquisition:  1932

Amount disbursed: $ 50,000


49 (tied). St Louis Cardinals – MLB

Value: $ 2.2 billion

Owner:  William DeWitt Jr.

Year of acquisition:  1996

Amount disbursed: $ 150 million


50. (tied). Tampa Bay Buccaneers – NFL

Value: $ 2.2 billion

Owner:  Glazer family

Year of acquisition:  1995

Amount disbursed: $ 192 million


Method

Teams value is based on ratings released by Forbes over the past 14 months, with additional reports from Mike Ozanian and Christina Settimi. The most recent football valuations were released in May 2019. Team values ​​reflect company values ​​(equity plus debt). There are no NHL, Nascar, MLS or Formula 1 teams in the top 50. The first team from one of these franchises to appear in the rankings is the New York Rangers, in 70 th place with $ 1.65 billion.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Kurt Badenhausen