By Jacob Kornhauser on May 31, 2014
With the recent absurd sale of the Los Angeles Clippers for / billion, the sporting world has become interested in how much each franchise is worth. Of course the answer to that is how ever much someone is willing to pay, but based on their market value, their yearly profits and their venues, this is approximately how much each MLB team would sell for if they were currently for sale.
The Angels are valued at /5M and earn a modest profit every season. In order to make the money back on the sale, it would take several years, but with Mike Trout reaching his prime, the timetable could be sped up.
The Athletics are valued at /5M currently, but they're a team that is able to make a solid profit every year by being cost-efficient in their investments. Moneyball truly has led to a more valuable team.
The Rangers are a team that should sell right around their market value. They hover between the black and the red and the shaky fan base is reason to fear this business venture.
The Mariners have a relatively devoted fan base despite being below average for several years in a row. They're still in the top half of the league value-wise and usually generate a small profit.
While the Astros are valued at /0M, there are several factors that make them more valuable than that to a potential buyer. They made a gigantic profit last season as they were able to cut a lot of payroll. Additionally, there's nowhere to go, but up for the Astros, so they seem like a winning business decision.
Quickly becoming more and more of a well-known franchise in the MLB, the Tigers' value is increasing. They aren't quite valued at /0M, but they're worth that figure because they have the pieces to win titles and with titles comes extra profit.
The White Sox are valued at slightly more than /0M, but there are a few things that make their value lower for someone buying them. First of all, they're located in the worst part of Chicago. Secondly, their operating costs are often more than their revenue.
The Twins are valued at just over /0M, but they make a profit annually and are now situated in a beautiful new stadium. Those two factors point to the team's value and profitability increasing in the future.
The Royals are one of the least valuable franchises in the league based sheerly on overall current value. Kauffman Stadium is one of the nicest in the league and the team seems to be on the way up. Still, they will have to show more progress on the field before their overall value increases.
The Indians have a long, storied history, but most of it isn't positive. Most things in terms of their value are very average and they operate without making much of a profit. All of that adds up to a very average sale figure.
The Bronx Bombers are valued at /.5B, which is by far the highest in baseball and they're worth slightly more than that. Annually, the team makes a profit hovering around /0M, which means that the team would essentially pay for itself in less than a decade. All of that adds up to the franchise that is probably the most valuable in all of sports.
The Blue Jays are valued slightly above /0M, but their operating costs cut deeply into their profits. While they seem to be headed toward contention this season, they're still right around the /0M figure.
The Orioles have one of the nicest stadiums in all of baseball in Camden Yards and they finally have a competitive team that plays there. Their operating costs aren't super high, but their annual profit isn't great either, which results in their slightly above average likely sale price.
The Red Sox are valued at about /.5B and are worth slightly more than that to potential buyers. Their annual profit is right around /0M so making back the purchase price wouldn't take all that long and you would also own one of the most historic franchises in sports history as well as Fenway Park.
The Rays' on-field conditions are a joke and their fan base isn't huge either despite them appearing in the playoffs in four of the last six seasons. They are valued as the least valuable franchise in baseball and that's why their potential sale price is comparatively low.
Even though they're valued at / billion, the Dodgers aren't nearly worth that in a sale. Their operating costs are costing them about / million a season and for being in a big city, their profits aren't huge. That means that because of their gigantic payroll, they may not be the smartest purchase.
The Giants are valued right at / billion, but are worth a little more than that. Their overall profit is right around /0M and they have one of the nicest stadiums in the sport. Those things make the Giants worth more than a / billion sale.
They don't have quite the history that some of the other teams do, but looking at them from a business standpoint, the Padres might be a good investment. They're profitable annually and are worth around the league average.
The Rockies' projected value is right where it should be. They have been sporadically competitive and make a modest profit every year. Denver will never be a true baseball town, but when they're in playoff races, their fans show up in full force.
They have a World Series title to their credit and are growing in popularity and value, but the Diamondbacks still aren't in the upper echelon of value yet. They've disappointed this season, but their location and stadium make them worth just under the league average.
The Cardinals are valued at /0M and are worth more than that because of their fans and history. Since their fans will never fall off, the team will always be valuable and their yearly operating cost profit shows that. For those reasons, their in the league's upper third in value.
The Cubs' on-field product has been lacking in recent years, but their dedicated fans and Wrigley Field keeps them extremely valuable. With the team headed for contention in the next few years, they could be even more valuable so /.25B seems a fair price.
The Reds are worth right around their projected value. They've been good in recent years, but appear headed down this season and even though their stadium is nice, it doesn't attract a whole lot of fans on a consistent basis.
The Brewers aren't that valuable on their own, but their nice ballpark and recently competitive team make their value increase. In the great state of Wisconsin, they enjoy their beer, so expect to generate a nice profit on concession sales.
The Pirates are one of the league's most underrated teams historically in terms of value. They have a rich history and one of the league's nicest stadiums as well. Add that they've been competitive recently and their value appears ready to rise out of being below average.
The Braves are in a big city with a devoted fan base and they're consistently competitive. They're soon getting a new stadium and that will boost their value a bit. These things make this team worth around 3/4 of a billion dollars.
Despite being poor on the field for the past half decade, the Mets still draw on their New York fan base for their value. They don't generate a huge revenue, especially not compared to their rivals across town, but they're still in the top third of the league in terms of value.
The Nationals' value has gone through the roof in recent years as their product on the field has become consistently good. With the team in a big city and competing for championships, the team's value has moved into the league's upper half.
Philadelphia is a city with a very passionate sports fan base and that instantly adds value to those franchises. The Phillies have been competitive this decade and those things put together make the team worth almost / billion.
The Marlins' value seemed ready to go through the roof a couple years ago when they built a new stadium and filled it with star players. However, that turned into a disaster and the team's value didn't go up much. With the team on a surprising early season run, that value could slowly be headed back up.
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