| SpORtSmONEY: thE NBA’S mOSt vALUABLE tEAmS
A pro squad is now worth an average of $1.65 billion. Plus: Who’s richer—LeBron or Steph? The league’s highestearning players.
THE AVERAGE pro basketball franchise is now worth $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year and more than triple the figure of five years ago. Clubs have record operating profits, too—the typical franchise earned $52 million, a 68% increase—as the league enjoys a new $24 billion TV deal with ESPN and TNT.