10 Richest Sports Teams In The World 2018

We compiled this list originally in 2017 but increasing revenue through TV rights deals and sponsorship means every single one of them has increased in value.  Earlier this year we also did a salary comparison between the biggest best sporting leagues in the world in terms of their average salary. These include the NBA, MLB, NFL and finally the Premier League, with the NBA coming out on top.

We also looked at the biggest TV rights deals in sport and compiling this and the salaries data it’s no surprise to see the US teams make up the bulk of the teams rich list.

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Here’s a countdown of the richest sports teams in the world, according to Forbes – prepare to feel extremely poor…

10. Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion,  (NBA) /

Washington Redskins, $3.1 billion,  (NFL)

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This San Francisco Bay Area team saw a 19% jump in their valuation since last year. With 85 seasons under their belt the Redskins are the 4th most valuable NFL franchise and have seen a 5% increase in their valuation since 2017.

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9. New York Giants, $3.3 billion, (NFL)

One of three New York teams on the list, The New York Giants are the fourth-most-valuable NFL team.

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8. Los Angeles Lakers, $3.3 billion, (NBA)

The second-most-valuable team in the NBA is the Lakers.  And with a 20-year $4 billion local television deal with Time Warner signed in 2012 the 16-time Championship winners won’t be leaving the top 10 list any time soon!

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7. New York Knicks, $3.6 billion,  (NBA)

The NBA’s most valuable team in 2018 is the New York Knicks.  The Knicks took the title of most valuable NBA franchise from the LA Lakers largely due to a new 20-year media rights deal worth $100 million in its first year.

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6. New England Patriots, $3.7 billion, (NFL)

The second most valuable team in the NFL, the Patriot’s loyal fan base allow for unique revenue opportunities for the franchise. In 2015, the Patriots unveiled the Optum Field Lounge at the south end zone of their Gillette Stadium.

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This member-only club carried an annual fee of $1,500, mandates that a minimum of two memberships be purchased at a time and does not include the cost of season tickets. Their recent Superbowl victory also helped their addition to the 10 m ost valuable teams globally.

5. New York Yankees, $4 billion, (MLB)

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The New York Yankees is the only Major League Baseball team featured in the top 10 richest sports teams; its estimated value is $4 billion. The team’s last championship was in 2009, but it has 27 World Series titles, more than any other MLB team.

4. Barcelona, $4.06 billion, ((LaLiga)

FC Barcelona’s market value of $3.6 billion and revenue of $706 million makes the organisation the third-most-valuable soccer team in 2018. Led by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona signed a kit deal with Nike that is estimated to be worth $175 million per year.

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3. Real Madrid, $4.09 billion, (LaLiga)

They were over taken in value terms by Man United in 2018.  The Spanish soccer team won the UEFA Champions League in the 2015-2016 season and was led by football’s highest-paid athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo before his move to Juventus this year.   Real Madrid was the richest sports team in professional football in each of the past three years.

2. Manchester United, $4.2 billion, (Premier League)

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With revenues og $737 million in the 2016 – 17 season, this globally popular franchise has finally over taken Real Madrid.  The team’s gross income is being massively helped after entering a decade-long kit deal worth $1.1 billion with Adidas, beginning in the 2015-2016 season.

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1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8 billion, (NFL)

Although the team has not won an NFL championship in 20 years, it is the most valuable team in sports, largely due to its $1.2 billion home stadium constructed in 2009. In 2013, the Dallas Cowboys sold the naming rights of the stadium to AT&T for an estimated $400 million to $600 million.

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