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The Top 12 MLB Team Values for 2015 according to Forbes Magizine

1. New York YankeesyankeesStadium

Team value: $3.2 bil.
Revenue: $508 mil.
Operating income: $8.1 mil.

Despite missing the postseason for the second consecutive year, the Yankees posted record revenue last year thanks in part to robust ballpark and merchandise sales sparked by Derek Jeter’s last season.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Team value: $2.4 bil.
Revenue: $403 mil.
Operating loss: $12.2 mil.

The Dodgers $8.35 billion, 25-year television deal with Time Warner Cable (of which $1.9 billion is subject to the baseball’s 34% revenue sharing system) has fueled the richest payroll in baseball.

3. Boston Red SoxgreenMonster

Team value: $2.1 bil.
Revenue: $370 mil.
Operating income: $49.2 mil.

After finishing last in the AL East in 2014, the Red Sox signed free agents Hanley Ramirez (four years at $88 million) and Pablo Sandoval (five years at $95 million) to shore up the left side of their infield.

4. San Francisco Giants

Team value: $2.0 bil.
Revenue: $387 mil.
Operating income: $68.4 mil.

The Giants third World Series victory in five seasons helped make them the third-most profitable team in baseball in 2014.

5. Chicago Cubswrigleyfieldsign

Team value: $1.8 bil.
Revenue: $302 mil.
Operating income: $73.3 mil.

In February, the Ricketts family raised $150 million of equity to help fund the renovation of Wrigley Field by selling minority interest of the team to six investors in a deal that placed a $1.8 billion value on the Cubs.

6. St. Louis Cardinals

Team value: $1.4 bil.
Revenue: $294 mil.
Operating income: $73.6 mil.

The Cards have had only one losing season over the past 15 years, with 11 playoff appearances and two World Series titles (2011, 2006) during that time.

7. New York Metscitifield

Team value: $1.35 bil.
Revenue: $263 mil.
Operating income: $25.0 mil.

The Mets posted baseball’s third-largest average local television audience in 2014, despite the team’s sixth-consecutive season with a losing record.

8. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team value: $1.3 bil.
Revenue: $304 mil.
Operating income: $16.7 mil.

Unable to come to terms with the city of Anaheim about renovating Angel Stadium and nearby real estate, the Angels are trying to work out a deal for a new ballpark in Tustin (eight miles southeast of Anaheim) or the city of Riverside, which is located 60 miles east of Los Angeles and 35 miles east of Anaheim. By the year 2020, chances are that the Angels, for the first time in over 50 years, will not be playing ball in Anaheim.

9. Washington Nationalsnats

Team value: $1.28 bil.
Revenue: $287 mil.
Operating income: $41.4 mil.

The Nationals were tabbed as World Series favorites for the 2015 season by Vegas oddsmakers after signing free agent pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract.

10. Philadlephia Phillies

Team value: $1.25 bil.
Revenue: $265 mil.
Operating loss: $39.0 mil.

The Phillies recently inked a 25-year television agreement with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia that will begin with the 2016 season and is worth more than $5 billion.

11. Texas RangersTexas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

Team value: $1.22 bil.
Revenue: $266 mil.
Operating income: $3.5 mil.

The Rangers’ finances got a boost last year with a new stadium naming rights deal with Global Life and Accident Insurance that is expected to be worth as much as $50 million over 10 years.

12. Atlanta Braves

Team value: $1.15 bil.
Revenue: $267 mil.
Operating income: $33.2 mil.

The Atlanta Braves’ new $673 million stadium in Cobb County, expected to be finished in 2017, will use nearly $372 million of public money.

 

 

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