| SpORtSmONEY: thE NBA’S mOSt vALU­ABLE tEAmS

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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.

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