The Seattle Seahawks are rated as the No. 28 Most Valuable Sports Team in the annual rankings released today by Forbes Magazine.
The Seahawks are listed with a value of $1.081 billion. No other Seattle teams are on the list.
Here’s the full story, and below is a press release with further details on the list:
NEW YORK (July 16, 2014) – Forbes releases today its annual list of The 2014 World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams. For the second consecutive year, Real Madrid takes the No. 1 spot as the most valuable sports franchise, worth $3.44 billion. Soccer teams occupy the next two spots as well: Barcelona comes in at No. 2 with a current value of $3.2 billion and Manchester United ranks No. 3 with a value of $2.81 billion. The New York Yankees are No. 4, valued at $2.5 billion. The Dallas Cowboys, worth $2.3 billion,hold the No. 5 spot. With 30 teams in the top 50, for the second consecutive year, the NFL occupies 60% of this year’s list. The average value of the top 50 teams is $1.34 billion, which is an 8% increase from last year. The New York Mets were one of three teams that dropped off this year’s list of the top 50. Other drop-offs include: the Oakland Raiders (NFL) and McLaren (Formula 1). The 20 non-NFL teams in the top 50 include six from MLB, eight from soccer, four from the NBA, one from the NHL and one from Formula 1. Forbes has been valuing teams in the major sports leagues since 1998.
Methodology: This list is based on the Forbes valuations done in the past year for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, soccer, and Nascar. Forbes’ team values are enterprise values (equity plus debt) based on current stadium deals (unless a new stadium is pending).
The World’s Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Teams of 2014 are:
|1||Real Madrid||Club members||$3.44||Soccer||1|
|3||Manchester United||Glazer family||2.81||Soccer||2|
|4||New York Yankees||Steinbrenner family||2.5||MLB||4|
|5||Dallas Cowboys||Jerry Jones||2.3||NFL||5|
|6||Los Angeles Dodgers||Guggenheim Baseball||2.0||MLB||7|
|7||Bayern Munich||Club members||1.85||Soccer||12|
|8||New England Patriots||Robert Kraft||1.8||NFL||6|
|9||Washington Redskins||Daniel Snyder||1.7||NFL||8|
|10||New York Giants||John Mara, Steven Tisch||$1.55||NFL||9|