Forbes Releases MLB Franchise Valuations

Forbes Magazine released their annual franchise valuations for all 30 major league baseball teams and the Dodgers valuation has risen 31% to $632 million, fourth highest in all of baseball.

The New York Yankees top the list with an incredible $1.2 billion valuation. The Mets are second at $736 million, Red Sox $724 million and the Dodgers fourth with the Cubs rounding out the top five with $592 million.

Minnesota's valuation went up 33%, The Cubs increase 32% and the Dodgers are third with an increase of 31%. Minnesota'jump is probably because of the new stadium deal that was pushed through the Minnesota legislature last year.

The Yankees also topped all teams in 2006 revenue with $302 million. Only three other teams topped $200 million and those were the three teams that trailed them in the valuation ranking (Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers).

The Florida Marlins come out in last place with a franchise value of $244 million. They could move quickly past other teams if they get a stadium deal done, but that's looking more unlikely.

The Marlins are also dead last in revenue with $122 million, although oddly enough, after interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, they were the most profitable, with operating income of $43.3 million.

The next closest team was the Dodgers at $27.5 million. The only team to "lose" money were the Yankees, who had a $25.2 million shortfall.

The Kansas City valuation an example of how the money flow doesn't effect the talent on the field as much as one might thing. The Royals are now worth $282 million three times owner David Glass paid for it just seven years ago.

The increase is due to revenue sharing. Last year the Royals collected $32 million from other teams in revenue sharing. It would be interrsting to see exactly how that money was put to work by the front office.

Valuations are only estimates gathered by the Associated Press and based on a variety of different sources and normally, the league comes out with a press release saying that the numbers are inaccurate.

2007 Baseball Franchise Values

Dollar figures in millions, change is percentage increase from 2006, revenue is after adjustments for revenue sharing.
 	      	         Team Value  Change  Revenue
 1. New York Yankees           $1,200   17 	$302
 2. New York Mets 	         $736 	22 	$217
 3. Boston Red Sox 	         $724 	17 	$234
 4. Los Angeles Dodgers 	 $632 	31 	$211
 5. Chicago Cubs 	         $592 	32 	$197

 6. St. Louis Cardinals 	$460 	 7 	$184
 7. San Francisco Giants 	$459 	12 	$184
 8. Atlanta Braves 	        $458 	13 	$183
 9. Philadelphia Phillies 	$457 	 8 	$183
10. Washington Nationals 	$447 	 2 	$144

11. Houston Astros 	        $442 	 6 	$184
12. Seattle Mariners 	        $436 	 2 	$182
13. Los Angeles Angels 	        $431 	17 	$187

 League Average 	        $431 	15 	$170

14. Baltimore Orioles 	        $395 	10 	$158
15. Chicago White Sox 	        $381 	21 	$173
16. San Diego Padres 	        $367 	 4 	$160
17. Texas Rangers 	        $365 	 3 	$155
18. Cleveland Indians 	        $364 	 4 	$158

19. Detroit Tigers 	        $357 	22 	$170
20. Toronto Blue Jays 	        $344 	20 	$157
21. Arizona Diamondbacks 	$339 	11 	$154
22. Colorado Rockies 	        $317 	 6 	$151
23. Cincinnati Reds 	        $307 	12 	$146

24. Oakland Athletics 	        $292 	24 	$146
25. Minnesota Twins 	        $288 	33 	$131
26. Milwaukee Brewers 	        $287 	22 	$144
27. Kansas City Royals 	        $282 	18 	$123
28. Pittsburgh Pirates 	        $274 	10 	$137

29. Tampa Bay Devil Rays 	$267 	28 	$134
30. Florida Marlins 	        $244 	 8 	$122

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