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Forbes: Sports franchise values booming around the world
Pictured - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The Cowboys were ranked as the world’s most valuable franchise at $4 billion. “America’s Team” was buoyed by its 13-3 record last year, led by two rookies, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Forbes this week released what it is calling the definitive money ranking in sports, and WOWZA! The SportsMoney Index ranks 430 teams, athletes, agencies, and brands based on their financial success, influence, relationships with others in the sports world, and how their values affect one another. Forbes ranking methodology accounts for a team’s financial power – the more wealthy, the more powerful – and players, while athletes were scored on a combination of team salary and endorsements, as well as the values their team and brands they represent. For instance, athletes with ties to Nike, No. 1 on the index, were given higher brand equity than those who represent Adidas, Puma, New Balance, Under Armour, and other athletic brands. Likewise, a brand that has New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the top ranked football player on the list, will score higher than the Browns’ Brock Osweiler.
Their top 10, in order, were Nike, Barcelona Football Club, PepsiCo., Real Madrid Football Club, LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, the New York Yankees, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the New York Knicks, and Budweiser.
Locally, Drew Brees ranked highest on the index at No. 33. The New Orleans Saints are at No. 41. Anthony Davis ranked No. 158, while the New Orleans Pelicans ranked No. 257. Brees was credited for his relationships with Nike and CAA. He is estimated to make $45.3 million in annual income, with $31.3 million in salary and $14 million in endorsements. The Saints were valued at $1.8 billion dollars, with $358 million in revenue and $77 million in operating income. Davis had $28.1 million in earnings from his $22.1 million salary and $6 million in endorsement deals.
While the web of the SportsMoney Index is interesting, I find their listings of team valuations truly fascinating. The NFL had the most teams represented on the top 50 with 27. There were eight European soccer clubs and NBA teams and seven MLB teams.
Although they haven’t won a championship since 1995, the Dallas Cowboys were ranked as the world’s most valuable franchise at $4 billion. “America’s Team” was buoyed by its 13-3 record last year, led by two rookies, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. It’s the first time a soccer team hasn’t been on top of the world since Forbes started compiling a top 50 list in 2010. Manchester United was on top from 2010 to 2012, while Real Madrid was king the last three years.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones enjoyed a sports-team record $270 million in operating profit during the 2014 season, $75 million more than any other franchise, according to Forbes, based on the team’s “revenue streams from its $1.2 billion home, AT&T Stadium, premium seat revenue ($125 million) and sponsorship revenue ($120 million),” both tops in the NFL. The Cowboys are also the only team to have their own licensed merchandise arrangement, so anything with the blue star emblazed on it benefits the team directly without being shared by the leagues other 31 teams.
The NFL is the most powerful and lucrative sports league in the world. Football teams made up more than half (27/50) of the most valuable teams in the world, after just 20 teams made the list last year. The average franchise in the top 50 is worth $2.2 billion compared to $1.75 billion a year ago. The average NFL franchise is worth nearly $2 billion, up 160 percent from $732 million a decade ago, according to Forbes.
Real Madrid, led by the world’s highest-paid athlete Cristiano Ronaldo, won its 11th Champions League title in May, yet fell to No. 2 overall with an estimated value of $3.65 billion. Their archrival, Barcelona, ranked third at $3.55 billion, despite having Lionel Messi, arguably the most popular athlete in the world. The New York Yankees, worth $3.4 billion, were fourth, while Manchester United rounded out the top five at $3.32 billion.
The breakdown by sport is 27 NFL teams (versus 20 last year), seven MLB (versus 12), eight NBA (versus 10) and eight European soccer (versus seven).
For the complete SMI visit www.forbes.com/sports-money-index.
Forbes Top 50 Worldwide Team Values
Forbes this week released a listing of the 50 highest-valued sports teams as part of its SportsMoney Index as part of its ranking of 430 teams, athletes, agencies, and brands based on their financial success, influence, relationships with others in the sports world, and how their values affect one another.
|4||New York Yankees||Baseball||USA||3.4|
|6||New England Patriots||Football||USA||3.2|
|7||New York Knicks||Basketball||USA||3|
|9||New York Giants||Football||USA||2.8|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||Basketball||USA||2.7|
|San Francisco 49ers||Football||USA|
|13||New York Jets||Football||USA||2.6|
|14||Los Angeles Dodgers||Baseball||USA||2.5|
|18||Boston Red Sox||Baseball||USA||2.3|
|20||San Francisco Giants||Baseball||USA||2.25|
|24||Los Angeles Clippers||Basketball||USA||2|
|25||Green Bay Packers||Football||USA||1.95|
|29||Golden State Warriors||Basketball||USA||1.9|
|37||New York Mets||Baseball||USA||1.65|
|38||St. Louis Cardinals||Baseball||USA||1.6|
|43||Kansas City Chiefs||Football||USA||1.53|
|44||San Diego Chargers||Football||USA||1.525|
|45||New Orleans Saints||Football||USA||1.515|