From European soccer leagues to Major League Baseball and the NBA, major sports leagues across the world are finally playing games again. The NFL season got off to a great start.
Here is a list of the world’s 12 most valuable sports teams using data from Forbes. You’ll also learn how much money they make, who owns them, when and for how much they acquired their teams.
Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
Despite the fact that the club has not won an NFL title in 20 years, it is the most valued team in sports, thanks in large part to its $1.2 billion home stadium, which was built in 2009. The Cowboys are a part of the National Football League’s Football Conference (NFC) East division. The Dallas Cowboys sold the stadium’s naming rights to AT&T in 2013 for an estimated $400 million to $600 million. Last year, the team’s operating income was a whopping $365 million, about triple that of any other football team. Jerry Jones purchased the franchise for $150 in 1989!
New York Yankees (MLB)
The New York Yankees are the only Major League Baseball club among the top ten wealthiest sports teams, with an estimated worth of $5.25 billion, up 20% over last year. The Yankees have risen from fifth to second place in 2018. The franchise’s most recent triumph came in 2009, although it has won 27 World Series, more than any other MLB team.
The franchise is owned by the Steinbrenner family, who purchased it in 1973. The club has amassed immense popularity and a devoted fan following, as well as significant hostility from supporters of other MLB teams
New York Knicks (NBA)
The New York Knicks are the most valued club in the NBA. The New York Knicks surpassed the Los Angeles Lakers as the most valued NBA club, owing partly to a new 20-year broadcast rights agreement worth $100 million in its first year. The Madison Square Garden business, which has owned the team since 1997, made $155 million last year.
The New York Knicks are the most valued club in the NBA. The New York Knicks surpassed the Los Angeles Lakers as the most valued NBA club, owing partly to a new 20-year broadcast rights agreement worth $100 million in its first year. It is a professional football club headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, that participates in La Liga, Spain’s premier division. The Madison Square Garden business, which has owned the team since 1997, made $155 million last year. It is the world’s fourth-most valuable sports team and the richest football club in terms of income. Barcelona is one of the most popular teams in the world, and the club has one of the highest social media followings of any sports team in the world.
Real Madrid (LaLiga)
Man United surpassed them in terms of valuation in 2018, but Real Madrid is back with a fury in 2019. The Spanish soccer team won the UEFA Champions League in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and was captained by Cristiano Ronaldo, football’s highest-paid and most-followed player on social media until moving to Juventus last year and Manchester United this year. Last year’s earnings were $112 million. The club has one of the most passionate followings in the world. Real Madrid is one of the three founder members of La Liga that have never been demoted from the top flight since the league’s creation in 1929. Real Madrid will be placed third in 2020, behind Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Golden State Warriors (NBA)
The Golden State Warriors are a San Francisco-based American professional basketball club. Founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, the Warriors relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and adopted the city’s name, until rebranding as Golden State in 1971.
The Warriors own multiple NBA records, including the greatest regular season, the most victories in a season, and the best postseason run. Curry and Thompson are widely regarded as two of the best backcourts of all time. With an estimated worth of $4.7 billion, the Warriors are the second most valuable NBA team and the sixth most valuable sports franchise in the world.
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball club headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers are a part of the National Basketball Association’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most successful teams in NBA history, having won 17 NBA championships, tying the Boston Celtics for the most in league history. The Lakers are the NBA’s second-most valued franchise, and they secured a 20-year $4 billion local broadcast agreement with Time Warner in 2012. Jerry Buss Family Trusts and Philip Anschutz control this extraordinarily profitable brand.
New England Patriots (NFL)
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. They are a member of the American Football Conference East division of the National Football League (NFL).
The most successful NFL club is also the franchise’s second most valuable team, and the Patriots’ devoted fan base provides the business with unique income potential. The Patriots debuted the Optum Field Lounge in the south end zone of Gillette Stadium in 2015.
This members-only club charges a $1,500 yearly fee, requires a minimum of two memberships to be acquired at the same time, and does not include the cost of season tickets. John Kraft has owned the Patriots since 1994.
New York Giants (NFL)
The New York Giants are an American football professional team situated in the New York metropolitan region. The Giants are a member of the National Football Conference (NFC) East division of the National Football League (NFL). The New York Giants are the fourth-most valued NFL franchise, with a $139 million operating revenue last year. John Mara and Steven Tisch control the Giants.
Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
FC Bayern München is a professional German football team headquartered in Munich, Bavaria. It is most known for its professional football team, which competes in the Bundesliga, Germany’s highest tier of football leagues. Bayern Munich is the top franchise in German football history, having won a record 31 national titles, including nine in a row since 2013, as well as 20 national cups and several European trophies. Bayern has 293,000 official members in November 2019 and 4,499 legally registered fan clubs with over 350,000 members.
Manchester United (Premier League)
Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club headquartered in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that plays in the Premier League, England’s top tier. Manchester United holds the record for most trophies won in English club football. They have three European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles, as well as one each of the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. Manchester United is one of the world’s most popular football clubs. Manchester United was the world’s highest-earning football club in 2016–17, with an annual income of €676.3 million, and the world’s third most valuable football club in 2019, with a valuation of £3.15 billion ($3.81 billion).
Liverpool (Premier League)
Liverpool Football Team is an English professional football club headquartered in Liverpool that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.
The club has won six European Cups, more than any other English club, three UEFA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup in foreign tournaments. Liverpool Football Club is one of the most popular and valuable clubs in the world.
Sports clubs are the most common choice of enthusiasm, emotion, love, and sheer lunacy. The excitement that a team’s fans feel when they win is nearly divine. The amount of enthusiasm and emotion they can produce is astounding. They have the ability to shatter or build millions of hearts and inspire fervor in a couple of seconds! They make our routine, mundane lives seem extraordinary. They make certain that when we get up in the morning, we have something fantastic to look forward to. These teams present us with genuine, unscripted fun and experiences that will last a lifetime!