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While NFL Dominates, Six MLB Teams Rank in World's 50 Most Valuable Franchises PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 15 July 2011 08:21

MLBWhen it comes to watching just matters in MLB, the Yankees and Red Sox are always deemed the titans of the league. But, according to Forbes’ ranking of the Top 50 Most Valuable franchises for 2011, baseball barely makes a dent, while the NFL is its own universe.

All told, six MLB clubs (6 percent of the total) rank in the Top 50, with the Yankees ranking #3 overall at $1.7 billion behind Manchester United of the English Premier League ($1.864 billion), and the NFL Dallas Cowboys at $1.805 billion. You have to drop all the way to #31 before you get to the next MLB club (Red Sox) who are valued at $912 million.

To place this in perspective, every NFL club – all 32 – are within the Top 50 accounting for 64 percent of the total. Going back to the Red Sox, deemed a perennial powerhouse in MLB, they rank behind the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, one the clubs ranked in the middle of the pack with its respective league.

Here’s something interesting to consider: the Dodgers are ranked 3rd highest ($800 million) is value of MLB’s clubs (ranked #38 in the top 50), but are currently in bankruptcy. The New York Mets are ranked #5 of the MLB clubs (44th overall), but have been on the verge of bankruptcy.

If it’s any consolation to baseball, it’s this: There are no NHL or MLS teams listed, and the top 2 NBA teams (Knicks and Lakers) rank 47th and 48 respectively.

Here’s how the MLB clubs rank:

  • Yankees (#3) - $1.7 billion
  • Red Sox (#31) - $912 million
  • Dodgers (#38) - $800 million
  • Cubs (#42) - $773 million
  • Mets (#44) - $747 million
  • Phillies (#50) - $609 million

Percentage by sport (Forbes Top 50 Most Valuable franchises)

  • NFL (32) – 64%
  • Soccer (8) – 16%
  • MLB (6) – 6%
  • F1 (2) – 4%
  • NBA (2) – 4%

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Curent Value (Millions)
1 Manchester United Glazer family 1,864 Soccer
2 Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones 1,805 NFL
3 New York Yankees Steinbrenner family 1,700 MLB
4 Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder 1,550 NFL
5 Real Madrid Club members 1,451 Soccer
6 New England Patriots Robert Kraft 1,367 NFL
7 Arsenal Stanley Kroenke 1,192 Soccer
8 New York Giants John Mara and Steven Tisch 1,182 NFL
9 Houston Texans Robert McNair 1,171 NFL
10 New York Jets Robert Wood Johnson IV 1,144 NFL
11 Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie 1,119 NFL
12 Baltimore Ravens Stephen Bisciotti 1,073 NFL
13 Ferrari Fiat Group 1,070 F1
14 Chicago Bears McCaskey family 1,067 NFL
15 Denver Broncos Patrick Bowlen 1,049 NFL
16 Indianapolis Colts James Irsay 1,040 NFL
17 Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson 1,037 NFL
18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Malcolm Glazer 1,032 NFL
19 Bayern Munich Club members 1,029 Soccer
20 Green Bay Packers Shareholder-owned 1,018 NFL
21 Cleveland Browns Randolph Lerner 1,015 NFL
22 Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross 1,011 NFL
23 Pittsburgh Steelers Daniel Rooney and Art Rooney II 996 NFL
24 Tennessee Titans Kenneth Adams Jr 994 NFL
25 Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen 989 NFL
26 Barcelona Club members 975 Soccer
27 Kansas City Chiefs Lamar Hunt Family 965 NFL
28 New Orleans Saints Thomas Benson 955 NFL
29 San Francisco 49ers Denise DeBartolo York and John York 925 NFL
30 Arizona Cardinals William Bidwill 919 NFL
31 Boston Red Sox John Henry and Thomas Werner 912 MLB
32 San Diego Chargers Alexander Spanos 907 NFL
33 Cincinnati Bengals Michael Brown 905 NFL
34 AC Milan Silvio Berlusconi 838 Soccer
35 Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank 831 NFL
36 Detroit Lions William Clay Ford 817 NFL
37 McLaren McLaren Group 815 F1
38 Los Angeles Dodgers Frank McCourt 800 MLB
39 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Jr 799 NFL
40 St Louis Rams Chip Rosenbloom and Stanley Kroenke 779 NFL
41 Minnesota Vikings Zygmunt Wilf and Mark Wilf 774 NFL
42 Chicago Cubs Ricketts Family 773 MLB
43 Oakland Raiders Allen Davis 758 NFL
44 New York Mets Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz 747 MLB
45 Jacksonville Jaguars Wayne Weaver 725 NFL
46 Chelsea Roman Abramovich 658 Soccer
47 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden 655 NBA
48 Los Angeles Lakers Jerry Buss, Philip Anschutz 643 NBA
49 Juventus Agnelli family 628 Soccer
50 Philadelphia Phillies David Montgomery 609 MLB

Source: Forbes

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