World's Richest Sports Teams
The world's biggest sports teams appeal to both local and global fans, earning and spending fantastical sums of money.
English Premier League power Manchester United is the world’s most valuable sports team, worth $1.86 billion. The finances of Manchester United continue to look up. This season marked the first year of its new shirt sponsorship with Aon, worth $32 million annually over four years. It represents a 50% bump from its prior deal with AIG. The team is reportedly in line to get a similar increase for its merchandise deal with Nike, which already pays United nearly $40 million per year.
The Cowboys are the sports world’s second most valuable team with a worth of $1.81 billion. Cowboys Stadium has 320 luxury suites and 15,000 club seats that generate more than $100 million annually in premium seat revenue.
New York Yankees
Major League Baseball club, the New York Yankees, ranked No. 3 with a valuation of $1.7 billion. The Yankees, like the Cowboys, have used a new stadium to dramatically boost revenues.
Redskins have been the NFL’s most profitable team over the past decade with an average operating income of $76 million
The club is the richest football club in terms of annual revenue, generating €438.6 million in 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have won six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants.
New England Patriots
In the 2000s, the Patriots became one of the most successful teams in NFL history.
They are the current Copa del Rey champions and have won 21 La Liga, 26 Copa del Rey, 10 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions. In international club football Barcelona have won four UEFA Champions League, a record four UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, four UEFA Super Cup, a record three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and a record two FIFA Club World Cup trophies.
New York Giants
MetLife is reportedly close to signing a naming rights deal for New Meadowlands Stadium worth up to $18 million per year.
One of the most successful clubs in English football, it has won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups. Arsenal holds the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the English top flight and would be placed first in an aggregated league of the entire 20th century.