Soc­cer’s Most Valu­able Teams

Forbes - - Sportsmoney -

THE 20 RICH­EST soc­cer fran­chises are worth an av­er­age $1.4 bil­lion, up 24% from a year ago. Credit new TV deals: The largest by far is the three-year, $7.9 bil­lion agree­ment inked by the English Pre­mier League with Sky Sports and BT Sport, worth 70% more than the cur­rent pact.

How big is that? Con­sider that the NFL earns $6.9 bil­lion a year from its do­mes­tic TV deals, while the NBA will take in $2.7 bil­lion an­nu­ally when its new agree­ment be­gins with the 2016– 17 sea­son. The sec­ond-big­gest soc­cer deal is for the Serie A in Italy, at $1.1 bil­lion a sea­son.

The two most valu­able teams—real Madrid and Barcelona—are con­sis­tently great on the pitch, en­abling the Span­ish duo to make money year af­ter year from the Cham­pi­ons League and cor­po­rate spon­sor­ships.

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