Average franchise value* of NBA teams from 2001 to 2017 (in million U.S. dollars)

Loading statistic...
Franchise value in million U.S. dollars
Complete Source Details
Tableau Software
About This Statistic

This graph depicts the average franchise value of National Basketball Association franchises from 2001 to 2017. In 2004, the average franchise value was 265 million U.S. dollars.

NBA franchise value - additional information

The National Basketball Association is currently comprised of 30 franchises that, according to Forbes’ NBA Team Valuations, have an average value of around 1.1 million U.S. dollars in 2015. This constitutes an increase in average value of almost 75 percent compared to the Forbes’ 2014 valuations. Compared to the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), franchises in the NBA are ,on average, still worth less than the football teams but now worth more than the baseball teams. Teams of Major League Baseball had an average franchise value of 744 million U.S. dollars in 2013, while teams of the National Football League had an average value of more than one billion U.S. dollars.

With a value of 2.6 billion U.S. dollars, the Los Angeles Lakers are the most valuable franchise in the NBA according to Forbes. Compared to 2014 the number of teams valued at more than one billion U.S. dollars has risen from three to eleven. The least valuable franchise is the Milwaukee Bucks with a value of 600 million U.S. dollars, around one quarter of what the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are worth.

When a franchise is sold to new ownership, the sales price has a significant impact on the value of the franchise. In 2013, for example, billionaire Vivek Ranadive purchased a 65 percent majority stake of the Sacramento Kings for a reported 348 million U.S. dollars, bringing the total valuation of the franchise to 535 million U.S. dollars. Just one year earlier Forbes had estimated the value of the franchise at 300 million U.S. dollars. In 2015, the Sacramento Kings were ascribed a franchise value of 800 million U.S. dollars by Forbes. In 2014, the Los Angeles Clippers were sold for two billion U.S. dollars to Steve Ballmer, the highest amount paid for an NBA franchise to date.

Show more…
Special Functions
Download as ...
Graphic (PNG)
Excel (XLS)
PowerPoint (PPT)
Research Alerts
Download started
Please be patient - this may take a moment

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year

Statistics on "New York Knicks"

The most important statistics
The most important statistics
The most important statistics

Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format

New York Knicks

All Information
in one Presentation

New York Knicks

Everything On "New York Knicks" in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

Statista for Your Company: The Research and Analysis Tool

  • Product Film
  • Statistics
  • Downloads

Our Premium Statistics - facts for your business

Currently, Statista provides more than 1 million statistics. 93 percent (all Premium content) are exclusively accessible via our professional accounts.

Unlimited access

As a Statista Premium customer, you receive unlimited access to all statistics at all times. Including downloads of data in the most common formats (XLS, PDF & PNG). Create relevant and significant statistics in no time.

You are in good company

Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages

Our Business Solutions: Save Time and Money



per year
Your advantages
  • Full access to all our statistics
  • Download as XLS, PDF & PNG
  • Relevant data: complete source information
All functions of our platform illustrated face-to-face
  • Learn how Statista supports your company
  • Extensive tour across the whole portal
  • Personal guidance by our support team
The knowledge database for your company
  • All functions of the Premium Account
  • Access to dossiers, forecasts and studies
  • Access to our international database
  • Publishing rights and other exclusive functions