Forbes: Yankees worth MLB-high $2.5 billion; Royals 29th at $490M

03/26/2014 4:17 PM

03/26/2014 4:29 PM

Forbes ranks the New York Yankees as baseball’s most valuable team for the 17th straight year and lists the Tampa Bay Rays with the lowest valuation.

Forbes said Wednesday it estimates the Yankees are worth $2.5 billion, up 9 percent from last year. The Dodgers are next at $2 billion, a 24 percent hike and matching their actual sale price in 2012.

The Royals have the second-lowest value at $490 million, ahead of the Rays at $485 million.

Boston was third at $1.5 billion, followed by the Chicago Cubs ($1.2 billion), San Francisco ($1 billion) and Philadelphia ($975 million).

Major League Baseball’s average team value rose 9 percent to $811 million. Forbes says values rose primarily because of increased media rights fees.

Forbes’ MLB team valuations
Team 2013 revenue 2013 operating income/loss Value
1. N.Y. Yankees $461 million $9.1 million (loss) $2.5 billion
2. LA Dodgers $293 million $80.9 million (loss) $2 billion
3. Boston $357 million $25.3 million (income) $1.5 billion
4. Chicago Cubs $266 million $27.3 million (income) $1.2 billion
5. San Francisco $316 million $53.3 million (income) $1 billion
6. Philadelphia $265 million $20.9 million (loss) $975 million
7. Texas $257 million $4.9 million (loss) $825 million
8. St. Louis $283 million $65.2 million (income) $820 million
9. New York Mets $238 million $1.6 million (income) $800 million
10. LA Angels $253 million $5.8 million (income) $775 million
11. Atlanta $253 million $38.4 million (income) $730 million
12. Seattle $210 million $5.3 million (income) $710 million
13. Washington $244 million $22.4 million (income) $700 million
14. Chicago White Sox $210 million $2.7 million (loss) $695 million
15. Detroit $262 million $7.5 million (income) $680 million
16. Baltimore $198 million $1.6 million (income) $620 million
17. San Diego $207 million $33 million (income) $615 million
18. Toronto $218 million $14.9 million (loss) $610 million
19. Minnesota $221 million $30.2 million (income) $605 million
20. Cincinnati $209 million $11.6 million (loss) $600 million
21. Arizona $192 million $5.8 million (loss) $585 million
22. Colorado $197 million $13.7 million (income) $575 million
23. Pittsburgh $204 million $21.8 million (income) $572 million
24. Cleveland $196 million $1.9 million (loss) $570 million
25. Milwaukee $197 million $6.8 million (income) $565 million
26. Houston $186 million $55.9 million (income) $530 million
27. Miami $159 million $8 million (loss) $500 million
28. Oakland $187 million $ 27.4 million (income) $495 million
29. Royals $178 million $6.5 million (loss) $490 million
30. Tampa Bay $181 million $15.3 million (loss) $485 million

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