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Three NBA teams make Forbes 50 most valuable sports franchises — Knicks, Lakers, Bulls

Jul 15, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony AP

If you had to name the three NBA franchises worth the most money, you would have been wise to choose the franchises in the three biggest markets.

Forbes put together the list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports franchises. The first takeaway from this should be that it’s good to own major international soccer powers — Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona were the three most valuable of any franchises — or pretty much any NFL team.

But three NBA teams did sneak onto the list.

The Knicks were the first NBA team to come in at No. 23, worth $1.1 billion. Next up was the Lakers at No. 31, worth $1 billion. The only other NBA franchise on the list was the Bulls at No. 47 ($800 million).

Value from owning an NBA team follows the basics of real estate — location, location, location. More fans equals larger local television deals, more lucrative sponsorship deals and the ability to charge more for tickets. It means you can spend a little more on your team… or just turn a nice profit from it. We’re looking at you, Reinsdorf.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Knicks ahead of the Lakers?

    What would be their value if they could win a title?

    But then again, we don’t have to worry about that ever happening.

    • themars211 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      The Knicks own there own network if I’m right and also own MSG.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        Cablevision owns Knicks, Rangers and MSG.

        RavenzGunnerz doesn’t even own his balls, his wife does and she
        has them in her purse.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM


    • hartdaddy - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      U mad bro?

  2. kb2408 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Man, it feels good to be a LAKERS fan! One of the most valuable franchises AND the best franchise. Maybe after Melo signs with the LAKERS the two teams will switch spots on this list. But actually does it even matter, the Knickles will never surpass the LAKERS in titles.

  3. dyn0myte - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Only worth 1 billion dollars.

    No wonder the Lakers had to cut payroll this year.

  4. blueintown - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    The Bulls had the fifth highest team salary in the league this year, higher than 25 other teams. They paid their only superstar $16.5 million dollars to not play this season because he didn’t feel right. But, please, make some more insightful observations on how cheap Reinsdorf is.

    • philtration - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      It was written by Kurt.
      He does not have to be insightful on his baseless bashing of the Bulls.

  5. caeser12 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    It’s a shame that the Knicks value on the COURT, does not match its monetary value off of it. Thanks Jimmy. Go NY.

    *Disclaimer: Knicks fan since 1967. I know, poor me.

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