Major League Baseball - revenue by team in 2014 (in million U.S. dollars)

This graph depicts the revenue of all Major League Baseball teams in 2014. The revenue of the Houston Astros franchise was at 175 million U.S. dollars.


Major Legue Baseball revenue

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 508
Los Angeles Dodgers 403
San Francisco Giants 387
Boston Red Sox 370
Los Ageles Angels 304
Chicago Cubs 302
St. Louis Cardinals 294
Washington Nationals 287
Atlanta Braves 267
Texas Rangers 266
Philadelphia Phillies 265
New York Mets 263
Detroit Tigers 254
Seattle Mariners 250
Baltimore Orioles 245
Kansas City Royals 231
Pittsburgh Pirates 229
Cincinnati Reds 227
Chicago White Sox 227
Toronto Blue Jays 227
Milwaukee Brewers 226
San Diego Padres 224
Minnesota Twins 223
Colorado Rockies 214
Arizona Diamondbacks 211
Cleveland Indians 207
Oakland Athletics 202
Miami Marlins 188
Tampa Bay Rays 188
Houston Astros 175
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