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Major League Baseball: franchise value by team in 2014 (in million U.S. dollars)

 Franchise value in million U.S. dollars
New York Yankees 2,500
Los Angeles Dodgers 2,000
Boston Red Sox 1,500
Chicago Cubs 1,200
San Francisco Giants 1,000
Philadelphia Phillies 975
Texas Rangers 825
St. Louis Cardinals 820
New York Mets 800
Los Ageles Angels 775
Atlanta Braves 730
Seattle Mariners 710
Washington Nationals 700
Chicago White Sox 695
Detroit Tigers 680
Baltimore Orioles 620
San Diego Padres 615
Toronto Blue Jays 610
Minnesota Twins 605
Cincinnati Reds 600
Arizona Diamondbacks 585
Colorado Rockies 575
Pittsburgh Pirates 572
Cleveland Indians 570
Milwaukee Brewers 565
Houston Astros 530
Miami Marlin 500
Oakland Athletics 495
Kansas City Royals 490
Tampa Bay Rays 485
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This graph depicts the franchise value of all Major League Baseball teams in 2014. The Houston Astros franchise was valued at 530 million U.S. dollars in 2014.


Major League Baseball franchise value

The North American professional baseball league Major League Baseball (MLB) consists of 30 teams that are grouped into two leagues, the National League and the American League. The overall revenue of the league was at 7.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, an average of 237 million U.S. dollars per team. League-wide revenue has almost doubled over the past ten years leading to an increase in the valuation of MLB franchises.

In 2004, franchises in Major League Baseball had an estimated value of 295 million U.S. dollars on average according to Forbes. In its 2014 edition of MLB team valuations, Forbes estimates the average franchise value at 811 million U.S. dollars, more than 2.5 times as high as in 2004. The Tampa Bay Rays were the least valuable franchise with a value of 485 million U.S. dollars. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, were the most valuable franchise with a value of 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2014.

Compared to the other major sports leagues in North America (NFL, NBA and NHL), Major League Baseball teams are worth the second-most on average. Teams of the National Football League are the most valuable with an average franchise value of about 1.17 billion U.S. dollars. NBA franchises are worth 509 million U.S. dollars on average while teams of the National Hockey League are ascribed an average value of 282 million U.S. dollars.

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