United most valuable franchise

2012-07-17 13:16

New York - Manchester United is the most valuable franchise in sports at $2.23 billion, according to Forbes magazine's annual survey.

The English Premier League team, owned by the same American family that owns the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is ranked on top thanks to lucrative global sponsorship deals.

Second is Real Madrid, at $1.88 billion. The New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys are tied for third at $1.85 billion.

Rounding out the top five are the Washington Redskins at $1.56 billion.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and New England Patriots are tied for sixth at $1.40 billion, followed by Barcelona at $1.31 billion, the New York Giants at $1.30 billion, and Arsenal at 1.29 billion. The Dodgers recently were sold for $2 billion, the most for any professional sports team.

All 32 NFL teams make the list of 50 most valuable franchises, with the Jacksonville Jaguars last among the NFL clubs at $725 million.

Seven Major League Baseball teams earned spots, with the Texas Rangers the lowest at $674 million, No. 50 overall.

The highest value for an NBA team belongs to the Los Angeles Lakers at $900 million, 35th overall. Only one other NBA franchise, the New York Knicks, make the list with $780 million, No. 43.

No NHL clubs made the survey, but two from Formula One racing were included: Ferrari at $1.1 billion to rank 15th, and McLaren at $800 million.


  • msendi - 2012-07-17 13:26

    Where is rugby… kwaak!!!!

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-17 13:38


      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-17 14:25

      Liverpool is in England

  • topsy.krets.180 - 2012-07-17 13:40

    what about powerlines fc??? lol mufc are only #1 coz of all those ignorant american, asian and middle eastern fans who dont even know where old trafford is even situated haha! marketing indeed!

      sham.singh.5661 - 2012-07-17 13:55

      So you are saying that liverpool is not only useless at soccer but useless at marketing as well?

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-17 16:05

      no he is saying ManPoo must first pay there debt since there interest on there debt is there most paid player per year!

  • sharmilen.naidoo - 2012-07-17 15:17

    Topsy...........keep your head exactly where it is because removing it won't make any difference........Companies investing their money in Utd pays dividends............Look at what happened to Crown paints.......after many years on that piece of rag and not to add Candy as well. Well said are hilarious!

  • dsundire - 2012-07-17 16:05

    No surprise

  • Aljasawa - 2012-07-17 20:33

    I really loved that

  • lucky.mabele - 2012-07-18 10:30

    where is our clubs in SA 1.Kaizer Chiefs valued at 450 million 2.Mamelodi Sundowns valued at 433 million 3.Orlando Pirates-410 Million 4.Supersport United-167 Million 5.Supersport-88 million 6.Amazulu 66 million

      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-19 06:58

      Lucky Unfortunately you are talking Rands and Forbes Dollars eg Kaiser Chiefs $55 Million Mamelodi Sundowns $53 Million That is if the figures that you give are correct

  • diran.pillay - 2012-07-18 22:44

    That's Impressive

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