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Forbes: Average MLB Team Now Worth $811M, Up 9% From Last Season

The TV "rights party in baseball continues to boost team values," as the average MLB franchise is now worth $811M, 9% more than last year, according to Mike Ozanian of FORBES. For the first time, there "are five teams -- each with lucrative deals" with RSNs worth at least $1B. The increase "in team values is more than double the 4.4% gain in average revenue per team," to $237M last season, "because new local television deals" for the Dodgers and Mariners begin this season, while the Phillies’ "new cable pact" begins with the '16 season. The Yankees, worth $2.5B, are "baseball’s most valuable team, as they have been each of the 17 years Forbes has compiled this scorecard." Including the annual average of the $400M "upfront payment the team got for agreeing to sell its controlling stake in the YES Network, the team raked in" over $100M in cable money last season. The Dodgers "place second" on the list with a value of $2B. The Mets, Astros and Marlins were the only three teams that "fell in value over the past year" (FORBES.com, 3/29).

'14 FORBES MLB TEAM VALUATIONS
CLUB
VALUE
1-YEAR % +/-
DEBT/VALUE
REVENUE
OPERATING
INCOME
Yankees
$2.5B
9%
1%
$461M
-$9.1M
Dodgers
$2.0B
24%
20%
$293M
-$80.9M
Red Sox
$1.5B
14%
0%
$357M
$25.3M
Cubs
$1.2B
20%
35%
$266M
$27.3M
Giants
$1.0B
27%
9%
$316M
$53.3M
Phillies
$975M
9%
10%
$265M
-$20.9M
Rangers
$825M
8%
20%
$257M
-$4.9M
Cardinals
$820M
15%
35%
$283M
$65.2M
Mets
$800M
-1%
44%
$238M
$1.6M
Angels
$775M
8%
4%
$253M
$5.8M
Braves
$730M
16%
0%
$253M
$38.4M
Mariners
$710M
10%
2%
$210M
$5.3M
Nationals
$700M
11%
49%
$244M
$22.4M
White Sox
$695M
0%
1%
$210M
-$2.7M
Tigers
$680M
6%
26%
$262M
$7.5M
Orioles
$620M
0%
24%
$198M
$1.6M
Padres
$615M
2%
31%
$207M
$33.0M
Blue Jays
$610M
7%
0%
$218M
-$14.9M
Twins
$605M
5%
37%
$221M
$30.2M
Reds
$600M
10%
7%
$209M
-$11.6M
D-Backs
$586M
0%
25%
$192M
-$5.8M
Rockies
$575M
7%
11%
$197M
$13.7M
Pirates
$572M
19%
16%
$204M
$21.8M
Indians
$570M
2%
15%
$196M
-$1.9M
Brewers
$565M
1%
9%
$197M
$6.8M
Astros
$530M
-15%
49%
$186M
$55.9M
Marlins
$500M
-4%
44%
$159M
-$8.0M
A's
$495M
6%
13%
$187M
$27.4M
Royals
$490M
7%
11%
$178M
-$6.5M
Rays
$485M
8%
28%
$181M
$15.3M
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