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The 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams in the World

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The 50 most valuable sports teams in the world

The 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams in the World

Every year, Forbes analyzes the sports world to produce a list of the 50 most valuable sports teams in the world.

The most valuable team for the third year in a row is Real Madrid CF, which first overtook Manchester United on the list in 2013. However, the amount of time that Los Blancos will top the rankings could be limited. American franchises have been shooting up the list lately, with the iconic Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees franchises both passing the $3 billion mark for the first time to tie for second place at $3.2 billion.

On average, the 50 most valuable teams are worth $1.75 billion each, which is up 31% from 2014.

Why are sports teams more valuable these days? Forbes notes that leagues and teams are signing more lucrative television deals, with live sports being an important draw in the world of PVRs and streaming. The NFL, for example, split a massive $7.24 billion in revenue with all 32 teams last season. Each team received a hefty $226.4 million, mostly from television deals.

The composition of this year’s most valuable team list includes 20 NFL teams, 12 MLB teams, 10 NBA teams, 7 soccer teams, 1 NHL team, and 1 racing team (Formula One).

The value of NBA and MLB teams have been soaring in recent years. In 2014, there were only 10 on the list, and this year there are 22 baseball or basketball teams.

Original graphic by: Dadaviz

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