- The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team in the United States, as well as the entire world.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are the oldest of the most valuable teams in the U.S. They were founded in 1883.
- All of the ten most valuable teams in the U.S. are in baseball, basketball, or football.
- Three of the ten most valuable sports teams in the U.S. are based in New York City. Another three are based in Los Angeles.
Americans love their sports. Whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, hockey, or any other team sport, Americans are always in the mood for a good game. Indeed, events like the Super Bowl and the World Series draw millions of viewers around the country, and even abroad. It’s no wonder, then, that there’s a lot of money to be made in professional team sports. Billions of dollars, in fact. Here are the most valuable sports teams in the U.S.
10. Los Angeles Rams - $3.2 billion
The Rams are a National Football League (NFL) franchise, worth $3.2 billion. The team began in Cleveland in 1937. In 1946, the team was bought by a new owner, who decided to relocate them to Los Angeles. Nearly fifty years later, in 1995, another new owner took over the team and moved them to St. Louis, but in 2016, the team moved back to Los Angeles. When the 2020 season begins, the Rams will play in a new venue, known as SoFi Stadium.
9. Boston Red Sox - $3.2 billion
Like the Rams, the Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB), are also worth $3.2 billion. The team was founded in 1901 and was originally called the Boston Americans. In 1911, they began playing at Fenway Park, where they still play to this day. Fenway is famous for its large green wall, placed in the left outfield, and known as the Green Monster. In 1920, the Red Sox made the infamous sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. This sale became the origin of the fabled Babe Ruth curse, under which the Red Sox would not win another World Series. The curse was finally broken, however, in 2004, when the Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first MLB Championship in 86 years.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers - $3.3 billion
The Dodgers of the MLB’s National League are worth $3.3 billion. Their history goes all the way back to 1883, when they were founded as the Brooklyn Dodgers, named for the New York City borough of Brooklyn, where they originally played. During their time in Brooklyn, the Dodgers took on a player named Jackie Robinson, who would become the first black player ever to play in the Majors. He helped them win the World Series in 1955. Two years later, they relocated to Los Angeles, where they remain to this day.
7. New York Giants - $3.3 billion
The Giants are worth just as much as the Dodgers, at $3.3 billion. They are one of two NFL franchises located in the New York City metropolitan area. The Jets are the other. The team won the NFL championship for the first time in just their third season. They won it again six times. Quarterback Eli Manning led the team to their last two Super Bowl wins on record in 2007 and 2011.
6. Golden State Warriors - $3.5 billion
The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Golden State Warriors are worth a total of $3.5 billion. The team is now based in San Francisco, California, but began in Philadelphia in 1946. They didn’t move to San Francisco until 1962, when they were called the San Francisco Warriors. They changed their name to the Golden State Warriors prior to the 1970-71 season. The team has won three NBA championships in the last five years. They were also in the finals of the recent 2018-19 season, but fell to the Toronto Raptors.
5. Los Angeles Lakers - $3.7 billion
The Lakers are valued at $3.7 billion. They are one of two NBA teams in the Los Angeles area, with the Clippers being the other. The franchise originally began in Detroit, then moved to Minneapolis in 1947, where they would emerge to become the NBA’s first dynasty, winning four out of five of the league’s first championships. The name, Lakers, has its origins in the nickname of Minnesota, “the Land of 10,000 Lakes”. Notable players who have suited up for the Lakers include Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and most recently, Lebron James.
4. New England Patriots - $3.8 billion
The NFL’s New England Patriots are worth a total of $3.8 billion. The team began in 1959, as part of the American Football League (AFL). They won their first Super Bowl in 2002, defeating the St. Louis Rams by a score of 20 to 17. The team, led by quarterback Tom Brady, would go on to create a dynasty, adding two more Super Bowl wins in 2004 and 2005. In 2015, Brady was at the center of a scandal known as, “Deflate-gate”, in which he was accused of illegally deflating the ball during the AFC Championship game.
3. New York Knicks - $4 billion
The Knicks are valued at a cool $4 billion, making them the most valuable basketball team in the U.S. Their value has not, however, translated into much success on the court. The Knicks have won just two championships in their 74 year history, in 1970 and 1973. In the last full season of play, 2018-19, they posted just seventeen wins, which was good enough for last place overall in the league. And to add insult to injury, they didn’t even get the first pick in the 2019 draft.
2. New York Yankees - $4.6 billion
The Yankees, also nicknamed the Bronx Bombers, are the most valuable team in baseball, at $4.6 billion. They are also, arguably, the most successful franchise in baseball, having won the World Series 27 times since they were founded in 1903. In fact, they’ve managed to put together several dynasties that won the World Series three or more times in a row. As is the case with other professional sports in New York City, the Yankees are one of two teams in the metropolitan area. The Mets, based in Queens, are the other.
1. Dallas Cowboys - $5 billion
The NFL squad that some call, “America’s Team”, is not just the most valuable team in the U.S., but the entire world. Its total value is $5 billion. Founded in 1960, the Cowboys have won the Super Bowl five times. Three of those wins came in the 1990s, when the team won the Super Bowls in 1993, 1994, and 1996. Troy Aikman, the quarterback that led the Cowboys to their Super Bowl wins in the 1990s, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.