Teams of Major League Baseball ranked by revenue in 2015 (in million U.S. dollars)

This graph depicts the revenue of all Major League Baseball teams in 2015. The revenue of the New York Yankees franchise was at 516 million U.S. dollars.


MLB teams revenue - additional information

Major League Baseball (MLB), with its 30 teams, generated around 7.1 billion U.S. dollars in total revenue in the 2013 season, almost twice the revenue generated ten years ago, when total revenue was at 3.88 billion U.S. dollars. On average each team generated almost 237 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2013. The New York Yankees were the highest-earning team in Major League Baseball with 461 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2013, while the Miami Marlins were the team with the lowest earnings with revenues at around 159 million U.S. dollars.

Almost 35 percent of the total leaguewide-revenue is earned from gate receipts (ticket sales). The New York Yankees for example had almost 250 million U.S. dollars of income from gate receipts alone.
Television and media rights constitute another important stream of revenue. In 2012 MLB reached agreements on new broadcasting deals with Fox, TBS and ESPN, that will start with the 2014 season and bring in an estimated total of 12.4 billion U.S. dollars in revenue through 2021. This revenue is equally shared among all 30 teams, an average of 52 million U.S. dollars per team and season.
Beside these league-wide deals, many teams have lucrative, individual TV-deals. The New York Yankees for example received 85 million U.S. dollars in fees from the YES Network for the broadcasting rights of their games in the 2012 season.

A growing part of revenues is earned by Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), which is jointly owned in equal shares by all MLB teams. MLBAM is responsible for marketing and operating the league’s internet and interactive branch and totaled around 650 million U.S. dollars in revenues in 2012. The revenue is derived from online ticket sales, MLB shop sales, content subscriptions (MLB.tv) and advertising/sponsorships. In 2012, each team received an equal share of a dividend worth around 100 million U.S. dollars.

Strong revenue growth has had a large impact on the valuation of MLB franchises. In 2004, the average franchise value was estimated at 295 million U.S. dollars. For 2014, the average value of a MLB franchise was 811 million U.S. dollars. This amounts to a CAGR of 10.64 percent in value over the last ten years. The New York Yankees are the most valuable franchise with an estimated worth of 2.5 billion U.S. dollars, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers with an estimated value of 2 billion U.S. dollars.

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 Revenue in million U.S. dollars
New York Yankees 516
Los Angeles Dodgers 438
San Francisco Giants 409
Boston Red Sox 398
Chicago Cubs 340
New York Mets 313
Los Ageles Angels 312
St. Louis Cardinals 300
Washington Nationals 293
Texas Rangers 275
Kansas City Royals 273
Seattle Mariners 271
Houston Astros 270
Detroit Tigers 268
Atlanta Braves 266
Philadelphia Phillies 263
San Diego Padres 244
Pittsburgh Pirates 244
Toronto Blue Jays 241
Minnesota Twins 240
Chicago White Sox 240
Baltimore Orioles 239
Cincinnati Reds 237
Milwaukee Brewers 234
Colorado Rockies 227
Arizona Diamondbacks 223
Cleveland Indians 220
Oakland Athletics 208
Miami Marlins 199
Tampa Bay Rays 193
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