2009 Team Valuations

Posted: February 14, 2011 in MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Team Valuations

Reading back on my first real entry, and some of the cut material from my second entry, I realized that I should probably give a breakdown on some of the information on how much the teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA are worth.  All information below is courtesy of Forbes Magazine, which annually releases information about the valuations of all major sports teams in North America.  All I’ve done is sort the information and do some math on how the teams in each league average against one another.

I had previously compiled information from 2009, but not 2010.  In the meantime, I’ll put together the team valuations from 2010 and put that information up sometime tomorrow so as to compare which teams have gone up and which teams have gone down in the span of a single year.

Without further ado, here are the franchise values of all professional sports teams in the United States and Canada from 2009, sorted by overall value (be forewarned though, this is going to be a bit dry….):

1. Dallas Cowboys – $1,650 million – NFL
2. Washington Redskins – $1,550 million – NFL
3. New York Yankees – $1,500 million – MLB
4. New England Patriots – $1,361 million – NFL
5. New York Giants – $1,183 million – NFL
6. New York Jets – $1,170 million – NFL
7. Houston Texans – $1,150 million – NFL
8. Philadelphia Eagles – $1,123 million – NFL
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $1,085 million – NFL
10. Chicago Bears – $1,082 million – NFL
11. Denver Broncos – $1,081 million – NFL
12. Baltimore Ravens – $1,079 million – NFL
13. Carolina Panthers – $1,049 million – NFL
14. Cleveland Browns – $1,032 million – NFL
15. Kansas City Chiefs – $1,027 million – NFL
16. Indianapolis Colts – $1,025 million – NFL
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – $1,020 million – NFL
18. Green Bay Packers – $1,019 million – NFL
19. Miami Dolphins – $1,015 million – NFL
20. Tennessee Titans – $1,000 million – NFL
21. Seattle Seahawks – $994 million – NFL
22. Cincinnati Bengals – $953 million – NFL
23. New Orleans Saints – $942 million – NFL
24. Arizona Cardinals – $935 million – NFL
25. San Diego Chargers – $917 million – NFL
26. St. Louis Rams – $913 million – NFL
27. New York Mets – $912 million – MLB
28. Buffalo Bills – $909 million – NFL
29. San Francisco 49ers – $875 million – NFL
30. Detroit Lions – $872 million – NFL
T-31. Jacksonville Jaguars – $866 million – NFL
T-31. Atlanta Falcons – $866 million – NFL
33. Minnesota Vikings – $835 million – NFL
34. Boston Red Sox – $833 million – MLB
35. Oakland Raiders – $797 million – NFL
36. Los Angeles Dodgers – $722 million – MLB
37. Chicago Cubs – $700 million – MLB
38. New York Knicks – $613 million – NBA
39. Los Angeles Lakers – $584 million – NBA
40. Los Angeles Angels – $509 million – MLB
41. Chicago Bulls – $504 million – NBA
42. Philadelphia Phillies – $496 million – MLB
43. St. Louis Cardinals – $486 million – MLB
44. Detroit Pistons – $480 million – NBA
45. Cleveland Cavaliers – $477 million – NBA – expect this to drop without LeBron!
46. San Francisco Giants – $471 million – MLB
47. Toronto Maple Leafs – $470 million – NHL
48. Houston Rockets – $469 million – NBA
49. Dallas Mavericks – $466 million – NBA
50. Phoenix Suns – $452 million – NBA
51. Chicago White Sox – $450 million – MLB
52. Boston Celtics – $447 million – NBA
53. Atlanta Braves – $446 million – MLB
54. Houston Astros – $445 million – MLB
55. Seattle Mariners – $426 million – MLB
56. New York Rangers – $416 million – NHL
57. San Antonio Spurts – $415 million – NBA
58. Washington Nationals – $406 million – MLB
59. Texas Rangers – $405 million – MLB
60. San Diego Padres – $401 million – MLB
T-61. Baltimore Orioles – $400 million – MLB
t-61. Toronto Raptors – $400 million – NBA
T-63. Cleveland Indians – $399 million – MLB
T-63. Arizona Diamondbacks – $399 million – MLB
65. Miami Heat – $393 million – NBA – expect this to go up with LeBron!
66. Colorado Rockies – $373 million – MLB
67. Detroit Tigers – $371 million – MLB
68. Philadelphia 76ers – $360 million – NBA
69. Utah Jazz – $358 million – NBA
70. Minnesota Twins – $356 million – MLB
T-71. Toronto Blue Jays – $353 million – MLB
T-71. Washington Wizards – $353 million – NBA
73. Sacramento Kings – $350 million – NBA
74. Orlando Magic – $349 million – NBA
75. Milwaukee Brewers – $347 million – MLB
76. Cincinnati Reds – $342 million – MLB
77. Montreal Canadiens – $339 million – NHL
78. Detroit Red Wings – $337 million – NHL
79. Golden State Warriors – $335 million – NBA
80. Denver Nuggets – $329 million – NBA
81. Tampa Bay Rays – $320 million – MLB
82. Oakland Athletics – $319 million – MLB
83. Kansas City Royals – $314 million – MLB
84. Portland Trail Blazers – $307 million – NBA
85. Atlanta Hawks – $306 million – NBA
86. Indiana Pacers – $303 million – NBA
87. Minnesota Timberwolves – $301 million – NBA
88. Oklahoma City Thunder – $300 million – NBA
89. Los Angeles Clippers – $297 million – NBA
90. New Jersey Nets – $295 million – NBA
91. Memphis Grizzlies – $294 million – NBA
92. Pittsburgh Pirates –  $288 million – MLB
93. New Orleans Hornets – $285 million – NBA
94. Charlotte Bobcats – $284 million – NBA
95. Milwaukee Bucks – $278 million – NBA
96. Florida Marlins – $277 million – MLB
97. Philadelphia Flyers – $273 million – NHL
98. Boston Bruins – $271 million – NHL
99. Chicago Blackhawks – $258 million – NHL
100. Dallas Stars – $246 million – NHL
101. Vancouver Canucks – $239 million – NHL
102. New Jersey Devils – $223 million – NHL
103. Pittsburgh Penguins – $222 million – NHL
104. Minnesota Wild – $210 million – NHL
105. Los Angeles Kings – $208 million – NHL
106. Anaheim Ducks – $206 million – NHL
107. Colorado Avalanche – $205 million – NHL
108. Calgary Flames – $200 million – NHL
109. Ottawa Senators – $197 million – NHL
110. Tampa Bay Lightning – $191 million – NHL
111. San Jose Sharks – $184 million – NHL
112. Washington Capitals – $183 million – NHL
113. Carolina Hurricanes – $177 million – NHL
114. St. Louis Blues – $176 million – NHL
115. Buffalo Sabres – $170 million – NHL
116. Edmonton Oilers – $166 million – NHL
117. Coumbus Blue Jackets – $165 million – NHL
118. Florida Panthers – $159 million – NHL
119. Nashville Predators – $156 million – NHL
120. New York Islanders – $149 million – NHL
121. Atlanta Thrashers – $143 million – NHL
122. Phoenix Coyotes – $138 million – NHL

Overall NFL franchise value – $33,795 million
Overall MLB franchise value – $14,466 million
Overall NBA franchise value – $11,384 million
Overall NHL franchise value – $6,677 million
Overall Big 4 franchise value – $65,902 million

Average (mean) NFL franchise value – $1,043 million
Average (mean) MLB franchise value – $482 million
Average (mean) NBA franchise value – $379 million
Average (mean) NHL franchise value – $223 million

Most average (mean) NFL franchise – Carolina Panthers (+6 million over mean)
Most average (mean) MLB franchise – St. Louis Cardinals (+5 million over mean)
Most average (mean) NBA franchise – Miami Heat (+15 million over mean)
Most average (mean) NHL franchise – New Jersey Devils (exactly at mean)

From all of this, a few things should really pop out.

First of all, it should be readily apparent that the NFL is the king.  9 out of the top 10 highest valued franchises are in the NFL, 19 of the 20 franchise worth over $1 billion are in the NFL, 28 out of the top 30 franchises are in the NFL, and the lowest valued franchise in the NFL is still worth more than all but 3 of the 30 MLB teams, all 30 NBA teams, and all 30 NHL teams.  On top of all that, the combined value of the entire NFL is worth than a billion dollars more than the combined value of the entire MLB, NBA, and NHL ($32,527 million)

Second, there can be no possible denial of the fact that the NHL is the runt of the Big Four professional sports in North America.  Only 1 of the top 50 highest valued franchises are in the NHL, only 7 of the top 100 franchises are in the NHL, and the 26 lowest valued franchises are all in the NHL.  On top of all that, the average (mean) NFL franchise value is worth more than double the average MLB value, more than 2.75 times the average NBA value, and well more than four times the value of the average NHL team.

Third, if you do the math, you’ll see that Major League Baseball is, by far, the most unbalanced league in all of professional sports by three credible indicators.  I have compared the highest valued franchise in each sport and compared it to the average (mean), the lowest valued franchise in each sport to the average (mean), and the highest valued franchise to the lowest valued franchise in each sport.  Here are the results.

Highest/Mean (high = unbalanced)
MLB – 311.20%
NHL – 210.76%
NBA – 161.74%
NFL – 158.20%

Lowest/Mean (low = unbalanced)
MLB – 57.47%
NHL – 61.88%
NBA – 73.35%
NFL – 76.14%

Highest/Lowest (high = unbalanced)
MLB – 541.42%
NHL – 340.58%
NBA – 220.50%
NFL – 207.03%

All of this clearly indicates that Major League Baseball is the most unbalanced major professional sport in terms of franchise worth, not only from the top to the bottom and the top to the average (mean), but from the average to the bottom as well.  Simply put, no team is so completely out of whack in regards to high value versus the rest of its league as the New York Yankees, and no team is so completely as lowly valued when compared to the rest of its league as the Florida Marlins.

Finally, all of that shows (at least in my honest opinion) the strength of the NFL’s current revenue sharing agreement.  It is by far not only the most valuable league in North America, but it is also the most well-balanced from top to middle to bottom as well.

Grade school level math FTW.

NFL Team Value (millions) MLB Team Value (millions) NBA Team Value (millions) NHL Team Value (millions) Combined (millions)
Dallas Cowboys 1,650 New York Yankees 1,500 New York Knicks 613 Toronto Maple Leafs 470
Washington Redskins 1,550 New York Mets 912 Los Angeles Lakers 584 New York Rangers 416
New England Patriots 1,361 Boston Red Sox 833 Chicago Bulls 504 Montreal Canadiens 339
New York Giants 1,183 Los Angeles Dodgers 722 Detroit Pistons 480 Detroit Red Wings 337
New York Jets 1,170 Chicago Cubs 700 Cleveland Cavaliers 477 Philadelphia Flyers 273
Houston Texans 1,150 Los Angeles Angels 509 Houston Rockets 469 Boston Bruins 271
Philadelphia Eagles 1,123 Philadelphia Phillies 496 Dallas Mavericks 466 Chicago Blackhawks 258
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1,085 St. Louis Cardinals 486 Phoenix Suns 452 Dallas Stars 246
Chicago Bears 1,082 San Francisco Giants 471 Boston Celtics 447 Vancouver Canucks 239
Denver Broncos 1,081 Chicago White Sox 450 San Antonio Spurs 415 New Jersey Devils 223
Baltimore Ravens 1,079 Atlanta Braves 446 Toronto Raptors 400 Pittsburgh Penguins 222
Carolina Panthers 1,049 Houston Astros 445 Miami Heat 393 Minnesota Wild 210
Cleveland Browns 1,032 Seattle Mariners 426 Philadelphia 76ers 360 Los Angeles Kings 208
Kansas City Chiefs 1,027 Washington Nationals 406 Utah Jazz 358 Anaheim Ducks 206
Indianapolis Colts 1,025 Texas Rangers 405 Washington Wizards 353 Colorado Avalanche 205
Pittsburgh Steelers 1,020 San Diego Padres 401 Sacramento Kings 350 Calgary Flames 200
Green Bay Packers 1,019 Baltimore Orioles 400 Orlando Magic 349 Ottawa Senators 197
Miami Dolphins 1,015 Cleveland Indians 399 Golden State Warriors 335 Tampa Bay Lightning 191
Tennessee Titans 1,000 Arizona Diamondbacks 399 Denver Nuggets 329 San Jose Sharks 184
Seattle Seahawks 994 Colorado Rockies 373 Portland Trail Blazers 307 Washington Capitals 183
Cincinnati Bengals 953 Detroit Tigers 371 Atlanta Hawks 306 Carolina Hurricanes 177
New Orleans Saints 942 Minnesota Twins 356 Indiana Pacers 303 St. Louis Blues 176
Arizona Cardinals 935 Toronto Blue Jays 353 Minnesota Timberwolves 301 Buffalo Sabres 170
San Diego Chargers 917 Milwaukee Brewers 347 Oklahoma City Thunder 300 Edmonton Oilers 166
St. Louis Rams 913 Cincinnati Reds 342 Los Angeles Clippers 297 Columbus Blue Jackets 165
Buffalo Bills 909 Tampa Bay Rays 320 New Jersey Nets 295 Florida Panthers 159
San Francisco 49ers 875 Oakland Athletics 319 Memphis Grizzlies 294 Nashville Predators 156
Detroit Lions 872 Kansas City Royals 314 New Orleans Hornets 285 New York Islanders 149
Jacksonville Jaguars 866 Pittsburgh Pirates 288 Charlotte Bobcats 284 Atlanta Thrashers 143
Atlanta Falcons 866 Florida Marlins 277 Milwaukee Bucks 278 Phoenix Coyotes 138
Minnesota Vikings 835
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