Forbes list of 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams for 2014

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Every year Forbes releases their list of the 50 most valuable sports teams.  This year, the rankings are in contention given that the Los Angeles Clippers are valued at $575 million, yet Steve Ballmer agreed to buy them for $2 billion.  Somebody may have calculated incorrectly, or may be missing some important facts… not sure who.

50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

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The Forbes 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams article provides some background on their calculations and decision-making process, but here are the top 5 teams:

  1. Real Madrid (soccer) – $3.44 billion
  2. Barcelona (soccer) – $3.2 billion
  3. Manchester United (soccer) – $2.81 billion
  4. New York Yankees (baseball) – $2.5 billion
  5. Dallas Cowboys (football) – $2.3 billion

Forbes also prepares lists of the most valuable teams from each of the 4 major US professionals sports leagues – Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, and National Hockey League.

MLB Valuations

The 5 most valuable Major League Baseball teams are (for full list click here):

  1. New York Yankees – $2.5 billion
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers – $2.0 billion
  3. Boston Red Sox – $1.5 billion
  4. Chicago Cubs – $1.2 billion
  5. San Francisco Giants – $1.0 billion

NBA Valuations

The 5 most valuable National Basketball Association teams are (for full list click here):

  1. New York Knicks – $1.4 billion
  2. Los Angeles Lakers – $1.2 billion
  3. Chicago Bulls – $1.0 billion
  4. Boston Celtics – $875 million
  5. Brooklyn Nets – $780 million

NFL Valuations

The 5 most valuable National Football League teams are (for full list click here):

  1. Dallas Cowboys – $2.3 billion
  2. New England Patriots – $1.8 billion
  3. Washington Redskins – $1.7 billion
  4. New York Giants – $1.55 billion
  5. Houston Texans – $1.45 billion

Football is my favorite sport to follow, so I use this card to rack up points to redeem towards free tickets to games.  Right now I’m saving up points to redeem for Super Bowl tickets!!!

NHL Valuations

The 5 most valuable National Hockey League teams are (for full list click here):

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs – $1.15 billion
  2. New York Rangers – $850 million
  3. Montreal Canadiens – $775 million
  4. Vancouver Canucks – $700 million
  5. Chicago Blackhawks – $625 million


The owners of professional sports teams have some SERIOUS wealth!  And I’m totally envious… I don’t think my 401(k) contributions will get me into this stratosphere, but you can’t stop trying…

Even though I believe that most athletes are overpaid versus their contribution to their team, their sport, and society as a whole, after seeing a list like this, it reminds me that there’s a whole another level of money beyond the $30, $50, and $100+ million contracts that athletes sign during free agency.

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