Most valuable sport teams in the world – There has never been a better time in history to be a big-time player in international professional sports leagues. More people, thanks to television contracts and the marvel that is the Internet, are following competitions such as the National Football League, Barclays Premier League, National Basketball Association and so many other leagues than at any other time.
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Media rights deals are helping to make athletes rich and owners who are already worth hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars richer. The only big downfall with sports is that the average fan who does not have a fortune in the bank is priced out of attending events.
That is a different topic for a different day.
Forbes released its list for the most valuable sports teams of 2015 on July 15, and the club that is at the very top of the list should not be a surprise to anybody who has been following the business of international sports over the past several years. While North American teams that compete in league such as Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL are mentioned throughout the top 20 spots of the list, it is the beautiful game that once again rules the sports kingdom as it pertains to what, in the long run, matters most to those who make the important decisions; money and business.
T20. Chicago Bears: $1.7 Billion
There are some cases in sports where history means more than does that franchise achieve recent successes. The Chicago Bears are one of the most storied franchises in the history of the United States, but it has been 30 years since the Bears won the Super Bowl. Add in that Chicago has not won a conference championship in a decade, and it would be easy to be down on the Bears. Oh, and then there is that whole Jay Cutler debacle. Are we sure somebody would pay over $1 billion for these Bears (spoiler: Somebody absolutely would).
T20. Boston Celtics: $1.7 Billion
The last few years have not been the brightest days for the Boston Celtics, and the immediate future for the club does not all that promising. Saying that is not necessarily a knock on the Celtics, as both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls are, as of the summer of 2015, more likely to contend for a championship next season than are the Celtics. Do not completely despair, Boston basketball fans, because you have a good leader in head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens refused to play dead and phone the season in last winter when the campaign was all but lost for the Celtics, and he has the goods to help the club make a return to glory sooner than later.
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