How Much Does it Cost to Buy a Sports Team

In our article last week we discussed top qualities of successful sports team owners. This week we discuss the costs of buying a sports team.

Owning a sports team can be a great experience for anyone who is fortunate enough to have the chance. To have the feeling of being such a big part of a team, and enjoying the prestige that goes with it, is a feeling that only few can truly have.

So how much money does it take to buy a professional sports team? Well, that can vary. Depending on the sport, and the value of the franchise at the time of purchase, the cost to buy a sports team can be widely different.

Sports Team Valuations

In 2016, Forbes magazine listed the most valuable sports franchises in the world. The Dallas Cowboys topped the list at $4 billion. Here are the top ten teams on Forbes list.

  • Dallas Cowboys, $4 billion
  • Real Madrid, $3.7 billion
  • FC Barcelona, $3.6 billion
  • New York Yankees, $3.4 billion
  • Manchester United, $3.3 billion
  • New England Patriots, $3.2 billion
  • New York Knicks, $3 billion
  • Washington Redskins, $2.9 billion
  • New York Giants, $2.8 billion
  • Los Angeles Lakers, $2.7

But obviously not all teams cost as much as the most valuable that make the Forbes list. Looking at averages for the four major sports leagues in the United States, it is football that tops the list. Here are the averages for those four sports.

  • National Football League, $2.3 billion
  • Major League Baseball, $1.3 billion
  • National Basketball Association, $1.2 billion
  • National Hockey League, $517 million

Less Expensive Sports Teams

There are many more professional sports teams and leagues other than just the major ones. Most teams have minor league franchises that also play professionally and can be bought for far less than the big league team.

In baseball, minor league franchises are becoming much more professional, and the average value of the top teams is $37.5 million, far less than the 1.3 billion for the average major league team. I’m sure there are very small, non MLB-affiliated leagues where you can buy in for a couple million for full ownership, or less for a share.

If you are looking to own an MLS soccer team you would probably be looking at somewhere around a $200 million investment. Currently, the Seattle Sounders are valued the highest at $245 million.

So as you can see, the cost to buy a professional sports team can vary widely based on the specific sport and the level of play. And you don’t necessarily have to be the primary owner or have a controlling stake in the franchise to own a piece of a team.

Partial Ownership

Getting in as a minority owner can be achieved for much less cost and will provide investors a variety of perks. These perks can include access to luxury suites, invitations to team events and access to current and former players. If you have the money, it could be something worth looking into.

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