Major League Baseball franchise value by team in 2017 (in million U.S. dollars)

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Franchise value in million U.S. dollars
New York Yankees 3,700
Los Angeles Dodgers2,750
Boston Red Sox2,700
Chicago Cubs2,675
San Francisco Giants2,650
New York Mets2,000
St. Louis Cardinals1,800
Los Angeles Angels1,750
Philadelphia Phillies1,650
Washington Nationals1,600
Texas Rangers1,550
Atlanta Braves1,500
Houston Astros1,450
Seattle Mariners1,400
Chicago White Sox1,350
Toronto Blue Jays1,300
Pittsburgh Pirates1,250
Detroit Tigers1,200
Baltimore Orioles1,175
Arizona Diamondbacks1,150
San Diego Padres 1,125
Minnesota Twins1,025
Colorado Rockies1,000
Kansas City Royals950
Miami Marlins940
Milwaukee Brewers925
Cleveland Indians920
Cincinnati Reds915
Oakland Athletics880
Tampa Bay Rays825
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This graph depicts the franchise value of all Major League Baseball teams in 2017. The Houston Astros franchise was valued at 1,450 million U.S. dollars in 2017.


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 8.39 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, an average of 280 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 2017 edition of MLB team valuations, Forbes estimates the average franchise value at 1.537 billion U.S. dollars. The Tampa Bay Rays were the least valuable franchise with a value of 825 million U.S. dollars. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, were the most valuable franchise with a value of 3.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.

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 2.3 billion U.S. dollars. NBA franchises are worth 1.2 billion U.S. dollars on average while teams of the National Hockey League are ascribed an average value of 517 million U.S. dollars.

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