Saturday, July 19, 2014

Forbes Presents World's 50 Most Valuable Sport Teams in 2014

It pays to be the best soccer club in the world. Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen unveiled the list of the 50 richest sports teams in the world, and Real Madrid reign supreme months after they beat Atletico Madrid in the final of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League.   
Real Madrid are historically one of the biggest clubs in the world. When you combine the revenue they normally generate with the monetary lift and prestige that comes with winning the European competition, it doesn't come as a surprise that Los Blancos would top the list.

Badenhausen broke down the financial details:
Real Madrid has made it to the Champions League semifinals for four consecutive years and took home the crown this year, defeating Atletico Madrid 4-1 for its record tenth Champions League title. The win means a payout of $78 million versus the $62 million Real earned last season for its semifinal finish. Real Madrid, which features global icon and reigning player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, generates more revenue than any sports team in the world ($675 million for the 2012-13 season). Commercial revenue is padded by a $41 million-a-year kit deal with Adidas and a shirt sponsorship with Emirates worth $39 million annually. Madrid is planning a $540 million renovation to its stadium, Santiago Bernabeu, which is expected to be completed in 2017.
The next two spots on the list are also occupied by soccer clubs, with Barcelona listed just behind their Spanish rivals and Manchester United coming in third.

The New York Yankees are the highest American team on the list in fourth place at $2.5 billion. The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable NFL team with a valuation of $2.3 billion, fifth-most overall. The New York Knicks are the highest NBA team on the list at $1.4 billion, good for 13th in the rankings.

The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams
  1. Real Madrid
  2. Barcelona
  3. Manchester United
  4. New York Yankees
  5. Dallas Cowboys
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Bayern Munich
  8. New England Patriots
  9. Washington Redskins
  10. New York Giants
  11. Boston Red Sox
  12. Houston Texans
  13. New York Knicks
  14. New York Jets
  15. Los Angeles Lakers
  16. Arsenal
  17. Philadelphia Eagles
  18. Chicago Bears
  19. Baltimore Ravens
  20. San Francisco 49ers
  21. Chicago Cubs
  22. Ferrari
  23. Indianapolis Colts
  24. Green Bay Packers
  25. Denver Broncos
  26. Toronto Maple Leafs
  27. Pittsburgh Steelers
  28. Seattle Seahawks
  29. Miami Dolphins
  30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  31. Carolina Panthers
  32. Tennessee Titans
  33. Kansas City Chiefs
  34. Minnesota Vikings
  35. Cleveland Browns
  36. New Orleans Saints
  37. Chicago Bulls
  38. San Francisco Giants
  39. Philadelphia Phillies
  40. Arizona Cardinals
  41. San Diego Chargers
  42. Atlanta Falcons
  43. Cincinnati Bengals
  44. Detroit Lions
  45. Boston Celtics
  46. St. Louis Rams
  47. Buffalo Bills
  48. Chelsea
  49. Manchester City
  50. AC Milan

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