Spanish football club Real Madrid came out on top of Forbes Magazine's annual Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams for 2015 on July 15 with a value of $3.26 billion.
Real Madrid is Forbes Magazine's most valuable sports team for 2015.
According to Forbes.com's Kurt Badenhausen, Real Madrid came out on top of the annual ranking for the third year in a row with a value of $3.26 billion. The NFL's Dallas Cowboys and MLB's New York Yankees came in second at $3.2 billion.
Real Madrid,which won its 10th Champions League title last year, tops all sports teams with a revenue of $746 million. Badenhausen stresses Real Madrid and rival FC Barcelona proft from the distribution television money in La Liga.
La Liga member teams having their own television deals yield the highest broadcast revenue in sports at $277 million, per Forbes.com.
Ironically, Real Madrid's value went down by five percent because of the decline of the euro. Badenhauser says another factor which affected Real Madrid financially was Madrid's regional high court rejecting expansion plans for the team's stadium, Santiago Bernabeu.
There were six Major League Baseball teams which cracked Forbes' rankings in 2014. This year, the number went up to 12. The Yankees' television network, YES Network, was one of the reasons why they topped all baseball teams in 2015, per Badenhausen.
The Forbes.com report says YES Network has been the most-watched regional sports network 11 of the last 12 years.
The Yankees' value went up by 28 percent despite missing the postseason for the second year in a row in 2014. Despite this, they still were the biggest draw in the American league with an average attendance of 42,520, per Badenhausen.
New York generated $508 million in revenue after deducting $90 million in revenue-sharing payments and $78 million in stadium debt payments, per Forbes.com.
On the other hand, the Cowboys continue to dominate NFL teams for the eighth year in a row. The last time an NFL team other than Dallas was the most valuable in Forbes' annual rankings was when the Washington Redskins came out on top in 2006.
Badenhausen stresses the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium rakes in $100 million yearly "from both premium seating and sponsors." He also adds Dallas' $246 million in operating income -- anchored on revenue 31 percent higher than other NFL teams -- represents the highest in sports.
The last two spots in Forbes' top five are FC Barcelona ($3.16 billion) and Manchester United ($3.1 billion).
The NFL lead the way with 20 teams in Forbes' Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams for 2015. Major League Baseball (MLB) followed suit with 12 while the National Basketball Association (NBA) had 10. There were seven soccer clubs in the list, per Forbes.com.
The lone National Hockey League (NHL) team was the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were ranked 37th with a value of $1.3 billion, per Badenhausen.
According to Badenhausen, the rankings are "based on Forbes' valuations done in the past year for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, F1, soccer and NASCAR."
This is the 18th year of Forbes' Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams. The full list for 2015 can be seen here.
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