Owning a professional sports team can be lucrative, rewarding, and expensive – which is why only the richest of the rich have enough coins to buy one. And for all the rewards of seeing your team win championships, owners also have to endure low seasons and disgruntled fans. Owning means riding a roller coaster every year – every game, for that matter. (Sometimes roller coasters seem to go in one direction only: they are the worst teams in the history of each sport.)
Yet professional sports teams tend to grow in value from year to year. 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of the 50 Most Valuable Teams in the World. Scroll down the list and you’ll see how many profits homeowners or homeowners groups have made over the decades. Purchased in 2011 for $ 770 million, for example, the Jacksonville Jaguars are now worth $ 1.7 billion. Not a bad ROI – and the Jaguars aren’t even one of the 20 teams with the most Hall of Fame members.
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To determine the world’s most valuable sports teams, 24/7 Wall St. looked at the rankings for 2021 from Forbes, based on the ranking of equity, debt, bids or investment, stadium value, turnover and operating result of the top 50 sports franchises. The change in valuation since the last purchase was calculated based on the difference between the team’s current valuation and the purchase price of the most recent owner or group of owners, regardless of ownership. The most recent league for European football clubs was determined on the basis of the highest level of European competition and did not take into account national leagues.
In the United States, obsessed with football, baseball, and basketball, we tend to think of these as the only sports that matter. And that list includes the usual US-based pro teams like the Knicks, Cowboys, Dodgers, and Yankees. Around the world, however, football is king, as evidenced by the presence here of organizations such as Manchester United FC in the English League and FC Barcelona in the Spanish Liga.