MLS Team Valuations According to FORBES
Written By: isps|
Sep 8, 2016
Forbes just released its MLS Team Evaluation list today and although some changes from last year in order, there aren’t a ton of surprises on this list.
Clocking in at the top spot, the Seattle Sounders continue their reign as the most valuable team in MLS, with a value of $285 million US.
The Galaxy pull up in second with a little bit more revenue, but an overall value of about $20 m’s less, at $265.
NYCFC comes in third with a valuation just behind LAG at $255, with lower revenue and a negative operating income. Makes sense though, they have some pretty high priced talent and they arent playing in their own barn.
Toronto FC is in the four spot at $245 m’s in value, operating at a loss as well, but they just redid their house.
Orlando City SC rounds out the top 5 at $240 million.
You can view the full list here on Forbes.
For some context on the growing league, the average team value is up 18% from last year, at $185, with all of the league’s teams topping 9 figures.
For even more context, if you look at the first time FORBES evaluated the finances of MLS teams, things were vastly different. In 2008, MLS teams had an average value of $37 million, with only a few teams over $40. The league itself was not making money, or operating at a loss, and there were only seven soccer-specific stadiums.
That’s less than a decade ago.
Think of what this ting is going to look like in a decade….
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