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One of F1’s "best stories" is Red Bull Racing, which "clinched its third constructors’ championship in three years," according to Chris Smith of FORBES. Red Bull "debuted just seven years ago, built from the ground up by an energy drink company, not an ownership group with the customary background in motorsports." The team is now F1’s "most competitive and shows no signs of slowing." Just Marketing International CEO Zak Brown said that Red Bull’s "meteoric rise and uncontested success should not be that surprising." Brown said, "Red Bull knows how to run a big, global operation very well." Red Bull Racing "is now worth $400M," up 67% since Forbes' last valuation project in '10, "easily the largest growth of any F1 team." Despite all of Red Bull Racing’s recent success, the bull-branded team "is still far from the top." Ferrari, the sport’s oldest and most-storied team, "holds the No. 1 spot" on the list with a valuation of $1.15B, "good for the 15th-most valuable sports team in the world." That value "is driven by $384M in revenue, generated mostly from sponsorship deals with companies like Shell, Santander and Marlboro." McLaren takes runner-up in Forbes' valuations, just as it has in the last two F1 seasons. Now worth $800M, McLaren is the only team on the list "to decline in value since '10, though the slide is barely perceptible (down less than 1% from $805M)." Red Bull ranks third and Mercedes takes a close fourth place "with an estimated value of $390M" (FORBES, 11/20).
F1's Most-Valuable Teams
Rank Team Value
Ferrari $1.15B Marlboro, Santander, Shell 2.
McLaren $800M Vodafone, Johnnie Walker, Hugo Boss 3.
Red Bull $400M Casio, Infiniti, Pepe Jeans 4.
Mercedes $390M Petronas, MIG Bank, Allianz
Williams $290M PDVSA, Randstad, Head & Shoulders 6.
$270M Lotus, Unilever, Embratel 7.
$225M Sahara, United Breweries Group (Kingfisher, Whyte & Mackay, Royal Challenge) 8.
$155M Telmex, Claro, Chelsea FC 9.
$135M CEPSA, Falcon Private Bank 10.
Caterham $105M General Electric, EADS, Sibur 11.
Virgin, Armin Strom 12.
TATA Motors, KH-7
Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, currently third in the standings, "is a joy to watch on the field, but off the field the club's fans have been known to cause trouble, which earned Frankfurt the top spot in the violence standing of German professional football," according to Frank Schneider of BILD. A leaked list from the police central information office for sports assignments ranks the teams of the Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga and 3rd League "by the amount of violent fans." For the '11-12 season, the list "noted a total of 10,603 violent fans," and out of those 7,830 are so-called category B fans (prepared to use violence) and 2,783 are category C fans (violence seeking). No other club had more violent fans during the '11-12 season than Eintracht Frankfurt "with a total of 630." Frankfurt's problem fans often refer to themselves as "riot champions." Eintracht Frankfurt Exec Chair Heribert Bruchhagen said, "Eintracht Frankfurt is because of its fans the most-unlikeable club in Germany." However, Bruchhagen added that that Frankfurt "has distinctively more fans than, for example, Wolfsburg and therefore a bigger amount of violent fans" (BILD, 11/21).
German Professional Football Violent Fans Standings
Rank Team Violent Fans
Category B Fans
Category C Fans
630 500 130 Bundesliga 2.
595 430 165
Hansa Rostock 520 390
The "high-profile elections" of the Indian Olympic Association will now be held on Dec. 5, 10 days after its earlier scheduled date of Sunday following the resignation of election commission Chair SY Quraishi (PTI, 11/21). ... Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage is in agreement with former Int'l Cricket Coucil CEO Haroon Lorgat's report, which has "advocated sweeping changes to the way Sri Lanka Cricket is administered and the game is managed in the island." Lorgat was employed by SLC to "recommend ways to induce more professionalism into the governing body" (PTI, 11/21).