Top 10 Richest Sports Teams in 2016

Top 10 Richest Sports Teams in 2016

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The top sports teams in the world have multiple sources of income. Their earnings increase exponentially with their success and fame. Sports teams’ earnings are largely depend on teams performances. World famous sports league like National Football League, National Basketball Association, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga etc are the major focus of world sports media. The owners and the athletes of the team earn a great deal of money from the media  contracts. Simultaneously, the teams also gather millions to billions of dollar and enlist them as the most valuable sports franchises in the world. As sports industry is a very profitable business, top teams of the world also compete each other to surpass themselves in annual income each other. Here is the list of top 10 Richest Sports Teams in 2016. Hope, you guys will enjoy the list.

All the ten teams in this list are sports giants in their own arena. Specially, the North American teams are very influential in terms of earning money and making profit. The teams come from different parts of the world. They have a huge diversities in sports as well as in their cultures. Soccer is more popular in Europe, while American Football and baseball based teams are more marketable in United States. So, lets have a look at top 10 Richest Sports Teams in 2016.

Top 10 Richest Sports Teams in 2016

10. Bayern Munich: $2.35 Billion

Country: Germany

League: German Bundesliga

Sport: Soccer

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Bayern Munich—–image credit: https://www.youtube.com/Ra1nManHD

Bayern Munich is the most powerful soccer club in Germany. There are hardly any team that can rival Bayern in many ways. Bayern Munich is currently the most valuable franchise in Bundesliga. Bayern have gathered a mammoth of revenue in 2016 which is worth around $661 million.  The commercial income of Bayern is valued over $1,124 million, while $467 million they earn from broadcasting. They are one of the strongest contenders in UEFA Champions league. They’ve reached semi-finals of UCL 15-16 and will play against Spanish club, Athletico Madrid.

Bayern Munich is nicely balanced with stability, success and money. The team cracked into the top 10 list of richest sports teams in 2016. The German giants are considered as one of the dominating powers in world football.

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9. Washington Redskins: $2.4 Billion

Country: United States

League: National Football League

Sport: American Football

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Washington Redskins——–image credit: Flickr/Keith Allison

Washington Redskins are the most polarizing club in the list of top 10 richest sports teams in 2016. Although, there are multiple problems hovering over the team, the Redskins owner Daniel Snyder never stop running towards money. They have gathered a stunning revenue of $439 million with the operating income of around $124.9 million in 2015-16. The team is in the process of building a new stadium at Washington DC. But, the Obama authorities have placed some objections over the team’s name “Redskins”. Snyder may be convinced, who vowed to never change the name, in order to gain political support and funding. Washington Redskins are the 3rd most valuable NFL teams in 2016.

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8. Los Angeles Lakers: $2.7 Billion

Country: United States

League: National Basketball Association

Sport: Basketball

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Los Angeles Lakers———image credit: Wikimedia/ Lawrence Jackson

Los Angeles Lakers are most profitable teams over the years. But, the team’s income declines as the Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant got retirement from NBA. The 16 times NBA champion, Lakers are at no. 8 spot of top 10 richest sports teams in 2016. The Los Angeles Lakers have gathered a revenue of $304 million. They have operating income of $133.4 billion, while income from marketing products is around $1,629 million.

The brand value of Los Angeles Lakers is $ 546 million. With Kobe leaving the Lakers, they have a great task ahead. It will be great challenge for them to regain the spot of being the most valuable team in NBA. It is their second worst record in the franchise history.

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7. New York Knicks: $3 Billion

Country: United States

League: National Basketball Association

Sport: Basketball

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New York Knicks————image credit: Flickr/Keith Allison

New York Knicks have replaced the Lakers to be the king of NBA. Knicks’ home, Madison Square garden will be the ‘Mecca’ of basketball in United States. They have become the most valuable NBA teams worth of $3 billion, which is nearly $2 billion more than the average NBA franchise. The team generates an average 101,000 viewers on MSG network. Knicks are earning around $1,456 million from product marketing. With the operating income of $108.9 million and revenue of $307 million, New York Knicks stands at 7th in the list of top 10 richest sports teams in 2016. The Knicks achieved NBA championship twice and appeared at NBA finals in 1994 and 1999. However, in 2015-16 NBA season, they are well behind the best teams that will be top in NBA.

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6. Manchester United: $3.1 Billion

Country: England

League: English Premier League

Sport: Soccer

Manchester United, richest EPL team
Manchester United celebrating goals——-image credit: Wikimedia/ Gordon Flood

English Premier league is very popular among the viewers all over the world. Manchester United is the top brand in the league, even though the EPL table says different. Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham, all are doing well and building their fan bases outside England, but none of them are valued like Manchester United.

The Red devils have generated a stunning revenue of $703 million last year with 20% debt. Their main earning source is commercial deals, which is worth of $1,085 million. The broadcasting value of $875 million also contributed to their net income this year. Manchester United is at no. 6 in our list of top 10 richest sports teams in 2016.

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5. FC Barcelona: $3.16 Billion

Country: Spain

League: Spanish La Liga

Sport: Soccer

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FC Barcelona———-image credit: https://www.youtube.com/Ra1nManHD

The diehard Barcelona fans may be surprised to see their team isn’t top of the list. Barcelona have achieved everything in the last season. They’ve completed the prestigious “Trebble” by winning La Liga, Copa del rey and UEFA Champions league. They left rival Real Madrid in the dust, but still behind them in terms of net worth. With the revenue of $657 million, FC Barcelona is at number 5 spot of top 10 richest sports teams in 2016. The annual broadcasting rights pay them around $1,070 million, while the other commercial contracts earn them $970 million. Barcelona has possessed worldwide superstars like Lionel Messi and Neymar, who are two of the most marketable athletes in the world.

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4. New England Patriots: $3.2 Billion

Country: United States

League: National Football League

Sport: American Football

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New England Patriots——–image credit: https://www.youtube.com/Love Sport

No other NFL team has come close to figure out the parity structure of the league as have the New England Patriots. They have appeared to rule like a king in NFL. They have built a huge economical background over the years. No NFL team worth as much as the Patriots does. They have generated a massive revenue of $494 million with an operating income of $193 million. Patriots are at no. 4 in our list of top 10 richest sports teams in 2016. They also rank as the 2nd most valuable NFL franchise in 2016. Their tremendous success at the gridiron has enabled the Patriots to be among the most profitable teams in sports.

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3. New York Yankees: $3.2 Billion

Country: United States

League: Major League Baseball

Sport: Baseball

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New York Yankees———image credit: Flickr/Keith Allison

New York Yankees are one of the most valuable sports franchises, which is known all around the world just because of its name. they are very popular throughout United States, Canada, even in some parts of Europe and Australia. Yankees have been dominating the sports world for many years and still one of the top sports clubs in United States. According to Forbes.com, New York Yankees net worth in 2016 is around $3.2 billion. Their valuation has increased 28% from last year. Yankees have made a revenue of $508 million last year, which is more than $100 million than the nearest competitor Los Angeles Dodgers.

Their principle income sources are ticket sales, sponsorships and broadcasting rights. Lee Berke, a sports media consultant from YES Network mentioned ,” The Yankees are as successful as you can be”. New York Yankees are the most valuable MLB teams for 18 consecutive years now.

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2. Real Madrid: $3.26 Billion

Country: Spain

League: Spanish La Liga

Sport: Soccer

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Real Madrid——–image credit: https://www.youtube.com/Futbolero2012HD1

Real Madrid is considered as the king of club football in the world. the 10 times Champions league winner, Real Madrid is a powerhouse of world football. They dominate the European football league as well as the club football. Their team is comprised of many world famous footballers, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale (the highest paid soccer player), Toni Kross, Karim Benzema and many more. Real Madrid have generated a revenue worth of $746 million with an operating income of $170 million, last year. Real Madrid has taken the no. 2 spot in our list of top 10 richest sports teams in 2016.

Real Madrid is in a great form since France legend Zinedine Zidane took the charges. They reached the semi-final of UEFA Champions league this season and will be playing against English club Manchester City.

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1. Dallas Cowboys: $4 Billion

Country: United States

League: National Football League

Sport: American Football

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Dallas Cowboys———-image credit: Flickr/再升 陈

The Dallas Cowboys have taken the number one position from Real Madrid to be the most valuable sports franchises in 2016. The NFL team is valued over $4 billion according to Forbes.com and they are the richest sports team in our list. They have the most valuable NFL team for straight nine years with a record league revenue of $620 million. They have generated $90 million  per year from AT&T stadiums.

The owner, Jerry Jones is an energetic and eccentric person, who is a great inspiration for the team. The Cowboys are progressing very fast. Soon, they will become one of the major driving forces in sports economy.

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