Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams: Forbes 2011 List

Money makes the world go round…

50. Philadelphia Phillies
Value: $609 million
Owner: Partnership led by David Montgomery

The Phillies drew 3,647,249 fans to Citizens Bank Park last season, second only to the Yankees in MLB attendance.

49. Juventus
Value: $628 million
Owner: Agnelli family

Juventus is moving into a new stadium next season with seating capacity that is 49% greater than its current home.

48. Los Angeles Lakers
Value: $643 million
Owners: Jerry Buss and Philip Anschutz

Courtside tickets costing $2600 apiece last season helped pay the $24.8 salary of Kobe Bryant which is $4 million more than any other NBA player.

47. New York Knicks
Value: $655 million
Owner: Madison Square Garden

The team sold out their full-season ticket inventory at their home arena, Madison Square Garden, last year for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

46. Chelsea
Value: $658 million
Owner: Roman Abramovich

Chelsea is the most leveraged of the top soccer clubs with $889 million of debt on the team and its holding company.

45. Jacksonville Jaguars
Value: $725 million
Owner: Wayne Weaver

The Jags are the NFL’s least valuable team, but still worth more than any NBA or NHL team, as well as all but five MLB teams.

44. New York Mets
Value: $747 million
Owner: Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz

The Mets announced a $200 injection of equity from hedge fund titan David Einhorn to help solve some of their financial ails, but the deal has still not closed.

43. Oakland Raiders
Value: $758 million
Owner: Al Davis

The Raiders have the NFL’s lowest gross revenues as the team struggles to sell tickets at antiquated Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.

42. Chicago Cubs
Value: $773 million
Owner: Ricketts family

The Ricketts family wants Chicago taxpayers to fund more than $200 million in renovations in and around ancient Wrigley Field to boost revenues from premium seating, sponsorships and other amenities.

41. Minnesota Vikings
Value: $774 million
Owners: Zygmunt Wilf and Mark Wilf

The Vikings lease at the Metrodome expires after the 2011 season and the team insists that it will not sign a new lease without a solution for a new stadium in place. Stadium revenues for the Vikings badly lag the rest of the NFL.

40. St. Louis Rams
Value: $779 million
Owner: Stanley Kroenke

Kroenke took control of the Rams in August when he bought out the heirs of Georgia Frontiere. Kroenke will have to turn over operational and financial control of the NBA’s Nuggets and NHL’s Avalanche by the end of 2014 to meet NFL ownership rules about owning teams in different markets.

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