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The 50 Most Valuable Sports Franchises in the World

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Major sports leagues around the world are finally playing games again — from European soccer leagues to Major League Baseball and the NBA. The NFL’s season is expected to begin on Sept. 10. See how much the iconic teams across the globe — and their owners — are worth. 

Last updated: Sept. 4, 2020

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50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Worth $2.20 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $400 million

The NFL’s Tampa Bay Bucs won their first and only Super Bowl in 2003. Since winning the NFC South with a just-OK record of 9-7 in 2007, however, they’ve languished in third or fourth place in the division every year but two. They earn $50 million in revenue per home game, which translates into $8.25 million in operating income per home game.

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49. St. Louis Cardinals: Worth $2.20 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $383 million

Like many MLB teams, the Cardinals have a six-figure operating income per home game — $888,889, to be exact. Their major sponsors include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola, and Wells Fargo. They have two World Series wins in the 21st century — 2006 and 2011 — and are regulars in the postseason; the franchise has finished first or second in the NL Central eight of the last 10 years.

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48. Arizona Cardinals: Worth $2.25 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $400 million

Like the Bucs, the NFL’s Cardinals also earn $50 million per home game in revenue, but Arizona boasts a much higher operating income per home game — nearly $10.88 million. They won two championships when they played out of Chicago in 1925 and 1947, but have never won a Super Bowl. The Cardinals won their division and went to the NFC Championship during the 2015-16 season, but they’ve been painful to watch ever since. 

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47. Arsenal: Worth $2.27 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $520 million

The Premier League’s Arsenal Football Club has a nine-figure yearly operating income of $102 million. Their biggest sponsors are Acronis, BYD, Cover-More, Emirates, Gatorade and Puma. They won the FA Cup back-to-back in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, and then again in the 2016-17 season. They claimed their last Premier League title in the 2003-04 season.

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46. New Orleans Saints: Worth $2.28 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $441 million

The New Orleans Saints have a yearly operating income of $126 million and earn nearly $55.13 million in revenue per home game. Drew Brees led the Saints to their only Super Bowl victory in 2010 after turning in a franchise-record 13 regular-season wins. They’ve been a force this decade, missing the playoffs only four times since their championship 2009-10 season.

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45. Kansas City Chiefs: Worth $2.30 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $410 million

Anheuser-Busch InBev, Gatorade, Kansas City Power & Light, State Farm and University of Kansas Health System are just a few of the Chiefs’ biggest sponsors. The reigning NFL champs, K.C. beat San Francisco to win the 2020 Super Bowl with a comeback for the ages, capping off a highly successful decade that included seven playoff runs.

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44. Jacksonville Jaguars: Worth $2.33 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $424 million

The Jacksonville Jaguars earn $53 million in revenue per home game and have a yearly operating income of $77 million. The Jags made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game in 2017, which they lost to the Patriots, but that was their only postseason try in the 2010s, and the closest the franchise has ever gotten to a championship.

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43. Carolina Panthers: Worth $2.40 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $424 million

The Panthers also earn $53 million in revenue per home game, but their annual operating income is slightly higher than the Jags at $78 million. Also, like the Jags, the Panthers entered the league in 1995 and have never won a Super Bowl, but they played in two, most recently in 2016 after a stellar 15-1 season. They’ve turned in losing records the last two years.

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42. Dallas Mavericks: Worth $2.40 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $307 million

The Dallas Mavericks won their franchise’s only NBA Championship in 2011, but lately they’ve been in the doldrums. The Mavs lost at least 49 games in three consecutive seasons prior to this year, which is unfortunate because they had already clocked 40 wins in 2020 when the season was halted. They earn nearly $7.49 million in revenue per home game and their major sponsors include AT&T, Constellation Brands, Lexus and Walmart.

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41. New York Mets: Worth $2.40 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $362 million

The Mets take in nearly $4.47 million per home game and have a yearly operating income of $7 million. Their last World Series came in 1986 when the team won 108 games in the regular season. Those glory days, however, are long gone, and the Mets have made the playoffs only three times in the 21st century.

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40. Houston Rockets: Worth $2.48 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $348 million

With a yearly operating income of $110 million, the Houston Rockets boast sponsorship deals with Adidas, NRG, Rokit, Southwest Airlines and Toyota. The Rockets won back-to-back NBA Championships in 1994 and 1995. They had made seven straight playoff appearances and were well on their way to their eighth before the 2020 season was halted.

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39. Los Angeles Chargers: Worth $2.50 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $375 million

The Chargers have never won a Super Bowl, although they appeared in one following the 1994 season. Their record has been mixed since moving to Los Angeles from San Diego after the 2016 season. The team’s main sponsors include Albertsons, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Pacific Premier Bank and Rokit.

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38. Brooklyn Nets: Worth $2.50 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $304 million

In terms of revenue per home game, the Brooklyn Nets bring in more than $7.41 million. They have a yearly operating income of $42 million. Despite two appearances, the Nets have never won an NBA title. In fact, you have to go all the way back to the ABA-era to find a Nets championship. One silver lining for Nets fans: the team has been to the playoffs more seasons than not since moving to Brooklyn from New Jersey in 2012.

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37. Chelsea: Worth $2.58 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $597 million

Chelsea takes in more than $31.42 million per home game and enjoys major sponsorship deals with Beats by Dre, EA Sports, Nike and Yokohama. The English soccer club earned the most recent of its five Premier League titles in 2017.

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36. Los Angeles Clippers: Worth $2.60 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $282 million

The Clippers were doing well before the shutdown froze their season with a record of 44-20. Since the 2011-2012 season, the team has made it to the postseason every year but one. They earn more than $1.78 million in operating income on nearly $6.88 million in revenue per home game.

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35. Indianapolis Colts: Worth $2.65 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $393 million

The Indianapolis Colts earn just shy of $50 million in revenue per home game, of which they take home $13 million in operating income. They’ve been mediocre-to-lousy the last five years except for 2018, when they made a decent postseason run. Their 2006 season culminated in a Super Bowl victory, their last championship.

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34. Manchester City: Worth $2.69 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $678 million

English football powerhouse Manchester City plays in the Premier League. In 2018-19, they won their fourth Premier League title. Their yearly revenue haul earns them $168 million in operating income.

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33. Minnesota Vikings: Worth $2.70 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $427 million

The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, but they did play in several during their mid-1970s glory days. They’ve been better than average lately, tallying a few strong playoff runs in the 2010s. Their major sponsors include Land O Lakes, PepsiCo, U.S. Bancorp and Verizon.

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32. Baltimore Ravens: Worth $2.75 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $438 million

The Ravens have won two Super Bowls, most recently in 2013, and have gone to the playoffs the last two seasons. The $54.75 million they earn in revenue per home game is good for nearly $16.38 million in operating income.

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31. Atlanta Falcons: Worth $2.76 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $458 million

The Falcons have been to two Super Bowls but lost both, most recently in 2017. The NFC South has been so impossibly bad recently that Atlanta took second in the division the last two seasons, despite limping across the finish line with a 7-9 record both years. The team’s biggest sponsors include AT&T, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, IBM, Mercedes-Benz and SunTrust.

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30. Miami Dolphins: Worth $2.76 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $443 million

The Dolphins’ only two Super Bowl rings came on the heels of their back-to-back championship years in 1972-73, including the franchise’s famed perfect season. They lost the wild-card game in 2016, which was their last visit to the playoffs. The Dolphins earn nearly $8.38 million in operating income on $55.38 million in revenue per home game.

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29. Seattle Seahawks: Worth $2.78 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $439 million

The Seahawks have been to the playoffs eight of the last 10 years, including 2013, a season that culminated in the franchise’s only Super Bowl victory, and 2014, which ended with a trip to a second consecutive Super Bowl. Their key sponsors include Boeing, CenturyLink, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Virginia Mason.

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28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Worth $2.80 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $439 million

The Steelers won the most recent of their six Super Bowl victories in 2009. With the exception of a few short dry spells, the black and gold have been regulars in the postseason since the 1970s despite missing the playoffs the last two years. The Steelers’ yearly revenue earns them $102 million in annual operating income.

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27. Green Bay Packers: Worth $2.85 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $456 million

The mighty Steelers made it to the Super Bowl in 2011, but they didn’t win — the Green Bay Packers saw to that. Cheesehead Nation has missed the playoffs only five times since 2001. The Packers earn $57 million in revenue per home game, which puts nearly $4.88 million in operating income into the franchise’s coffers every time they play at Lambeau Field.

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26. Las Vegas/Oakland Raiders: Worth $2.90 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $357 million

The Raiders last won a Super Bowl in 1984, trouncing the Washington Redskins. They’ve bounced from Oakland to L.A., back to Oakland, and now Las Vegas — although they haven’t actually played in Sin City yet. The team earns $28 million in operating income from its yearly revenue, but the on-field play has been ugly: the last few years have resulted in three losing seasons.

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25. Denver Broncos: Worth $3 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $446 million

Starting in 2011, the Broncos surged with an impressive string of five straight postseason runs, including a trip to the Super Bowl in 2014 and a Super Bowl victory in 2016. Since then, however, they haven’t turned in a winning season. Although Denver’s yearly revenue is less than $100 million more than the Raiders’, its yearly operating income is $94 million — three times Las Vegas’ haul with $10 million to spare.

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24. Bayern Munich: Worth $3.02 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $751 million

Neither the Raiders nor the Broncos can hold a candle to Bayern Munich’s yearly operating income, which, at $129 million, is nine figures even after they pay their people, bills, taxes and expenses. Today, the squad sits at the top of the German Bundesliga standings. In 2019, Bayern won their seventh consecutive and 28th overall Bundesliga title, both league records.

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23. Philadelphia Eagles: Worth $3.05 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $482 million

The Eagles had been to the big game twice before, but their first Super Bowl victory came in magical fashion in 2018, when backup quarterback Nick Foles shocked the world and felled Tom Brady’s mighty New England Patriots. They haven’t missed a postseason since. Thanks to nearly $60.25 million in revenue per home game, the birds tally $18.75 million in operating income every time they play at the Linc.

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22. Boston Celtics: Worth $3.10 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $304 million

With 43 wins in 64 games, the Celtics had already clinched a playoff spot before the coronavirus shutdown froze the season. The last time they won an NBA Championship was in 2008, but they have made the playoffs every year since except one, including another trip to the finals in 2010. Boston’s biggest sponsors include Comcast, GE, New Balance, TD Banknorth and Ticketmaster.

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21. Houston Texans: Worth $3.10 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $497 million

The Texans join the Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions as one of four teams never to have played in a Super Bowl, but they have made the playoffs six of the last nine seasons. The nearly half-billion dollars the franchise accumulates in annual revenue is good for $176 million in yearly operating revenue. Not bad for a team that only entered the league less than two decades ago.

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20. San Francisco Giants: Worth $3.10 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $452 million

Although the Giants haven’t made the playoffs since 2016, they dominated the early part of the decade, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. They pull in more than $450 million in annual revenue but are left with just $96 million in operating income once all their debts are settled.

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19. Chicago Bulls: Worth $3.20 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $301 million

Michael Jordan’s repeat three-peat in 1998, which made the Bulls the most dominant team of the ’90s — and perhaps of all time — represented the Bulls’ last win in the NBA Finals. Following 11 playoff appearances in 13 seasons, the last of which came in 2017, it’s been bleak. Chicago had already lost 43 games before the season was paused. They lost 60 games the year before and 55 the year before that. So, not exactly a marked improvement. Major sponsors for the Bulls include American Express, BMO Harris Bank, Kia, Lexus, United Airlines and Zenni.

 

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18. Chicago Cubs: Worth $3.20 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $471 million

In 2016, the Cubs broke one of the most historic droughts in professional sports when they won the World Series for the first time since 1908. They’ve been good since then but missed the playoffs last year. The Cubs take in more than $470 million in annual revenue, but when that number is whittled down to yearly operating income, the franchise is left with just $68 million.

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17. New York Jets: Worth $3.20 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $475 million

Joe Namath famously predicted that the underdog Jets would beat the mighty Colts at Super Bowl III in 1969 — and he delivered. Despite several trips to the AFC Championship game in the ensuing decades, Jets fans have endured mostly heartache since then. They turned in exactly two winning seasons this past decade and haven’t made the playoffs in the last nine years. They are, however, a New York franchise, which makes them profitable by default.

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16. Boston Red Sox: Worth $3.30 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $519 million

In 2018, the Red Sox won the World Series for the fourth time this century, a run that started in 2004 when Boston finally broke the Curse of the Bambino. The more than half-billion dollars they generate in yearly revenue boils down to $89 million in annual operating income.

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15. Washington Redskins: Worth $3.40 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $493 million

The Redskins last won a Super Bowl in 1992 and haven’t been back since. Most recently, Washington has turned in three losing seasons in a row, including a ghastly 3-13 record in 2019. Although they have the most controversial name in football, they still have some big sponsors, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, FedEx and PepsiCo.

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14. Los Angeles Dodgers: Worth $3.40 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $556 million

The Dodgers take in nearly $1.19 million in operating income on more than $6.86 million in revenue per home game. They last won the World Series in 1988, but they have made the playoffs seven years straight, an impressive run that includes two World Series appearances.

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13. Chicago Bears: Worth $3.45 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $453 million

Despite a good season that included a trip to the playoffs in 2018, life for Bears fans has been pretty miserable for most of the 2010s. The storied franchise peaked at Super Bowl XX in 1986 when the Mike Ditka-led team — which included the likes of Walter Payton, William “Fridge” Perry and Jim McMahon — trounced the Patriots for the franchise’s only championship. Their major sponsors are Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Molson Coors, PNC, United Airlines and Verizon.

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12. San Francisco 49ers: Worth $3.50 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $492 million

Few NFL teams can compete with the San Francisco 49ers’ five Super Bowls, four of which are credited to Joe Montana in the 1980s and one to Steve Young in the 1990s. Despite a hideous showing between 2014-18, they certainly had their moments in the 2010s, including trips to the Super Bowl in 2013 and 2020, and two trips to the NFC Championship game. The franchise earns $93 million in annual operating income on its nearly half-billion dollars in yearly revenue.

 

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11. Los Angeles Rams: Worth $3.80 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $401 million

While still in St. Louis, the Rams won the first Super Bowl of the new millennium and stayed hot for a few years before turning in an unforgivably bad 12 straight years without a single winning season. That included their first year in L.A., where they eventually got their mojo back. The Rams take in nearly $50.13 million in revenue per home game, which earns the franchise $3.75 million in operating income.

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10. Manchester United: Worth $3.81 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $795 million

Manchester United’s massive yearly revenue translates into $238 million in annual operating income. The famous Premier League English football club won the English League Cup, the Europa League and the English Super Cup in 2017, the most recent year with a string of notable victories.

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9. New York Giants: Worth $3.90 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $519 million

The Giants most recently tasted Super Bowl glory in 2008 and 2012, but — with the exception of a 2016 playoff birth — there’s been a whole lot of losing ever since. The team’s biggest sponsors are Anheuser-Busch InBev, PepsiCo, Toyota and Verizon.

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8. Barcelona: Worth $4.02 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $824 million

One of only eight teams in the world worth more than $4 billion, Barcelona somehow has an annual operating income of -$37 million. All this, despite earning $43.37 million in revenue per home game. In 2019, Barcelona won its 26th La Liga title. 

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7. New England Patriots: Worth $4.10 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $600 million

The Patriots have so thoroughly dominated the NFL in the 21st century, missing the postseason only twice since their first Super Bowl victory in the 2001-02 season. Most years they went deep into the playoffs, including six Super Bowl wins on nine appearances — but the Tom Brady era is now over. The franchise earns $30 million per home game in operating income. Their annual operating income is $240 million.

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6. Real Madrid: Worth $4.24 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $896 million

Only one franchise on this list can top Real Madrid’s nearly $900 million in yearly revenue, but they play the other kind of football. The La Liga club comes away from that massive haul with $112 million in annual operating income. They have won a record 33 La Liga titles.

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5. Golden State Warriors: Worth $4.30 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $440 million

The shutdown might be a good thing for the Golden State Warriors — they were 15-50 when the crisis put the NBA on pause. Before that, however, they were the kings of the sport. The franchise went to the playoffs every year from 2013 to 2019, including three NBA Championships and five trips to the Finals. Some of the team’s biggest sponsors include JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, Rakuten and Ticketmaster.

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4. Los Angeles Lakers: Worth $4.40 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $434 million

Unlike the Warriors, the Lakers were tearing up the court with a 49-14 record before the shutdown ended their hot streak. Still, it was enough to end the franchise’s nasty drought of six straight seasons with a losing record. They won back-to-back NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010, years that were smack in the middle of a run where they made the playoffs for eight straight years. The franchise earns $178 million in yearly operating income.

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3. New York Knicks: Worth $4.60 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $472 million

The Knicks have made it to the playoffs only five times in the 21st century, getting knocked out in the first round every time except for one. Somehow, they turned in a losing record every other season they played. The last time they won a championship was 1973. Like the Jets, however, their market makes them a financial juggernaut. Their top sponsors include Delta, DraftKings, Lexus, Squarespace and RoyalCaribbean.

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2. New York Yankees: Worth $5 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $683 million

The winningest team in baseball history, the Yankees have 27 World Series titles, their most recent one coming in 2009. On top of that, they’ve missed the playoffs only four times since 1994. Their outsized yearly revenue is good for $35 million in annual operating income — making them one of only two teams among all sports franchises in the world worth at least $5 billion.

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1. Dallas Cowboys: Worth $5.50 Billion

  • Yearly revenue: $950 million

The Dallas Cowboys have been the NFL’s leading cash cow for 13 straight years. Under the historic stewardship of visionary owner Jerry Jones, the franchise changed the way athletics were marketed and sold across all sports. The Cowboys continue to earn more from sponsorships and premium seating than any NFL team. They pull in an astonishing $118.75 million in revenue per home game. By comparison, the New England Patriots, the league’s No. 2 team on this list, take in only $75 million. The franchise’s $420 million operating income is the most across all sports.

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Methodology: To find the most valuable sports franchises around the world, GOBankingRates looked at Forbes’ team evaluations for the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and soccer team evaluations. Using these reports and attendance reports for the most recent completed seasons from ESPN (NHL, NBA, NFL) and Baseball-Reference (MLB), GOBankingRates found the following data points: (1) team value, (2) yearly revenue, (3) revenue per home game, (4) yearly gate receipts, (5) gate receipts per home game, (6) average attendance, (7) average ticket price per home game, (8) yearly food and merchandise revenue, (9) food and merchandise revenue per home game, (10) yearly operating income, (11) operating income per game, and (12) major sponsors. Only factors (1-3) and (10-12) were found for soccer teams as there was limited data. GOBankingRates then used the top 50 highest team values (factor 1) to determine its final rankings. Factors (2-3) and factors (10-12) were included in the final top 50 as supplemental data. All data is up to date as of May 21, 2020.