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2007 Baseball Franchise Values

All dollar figures in millions, change is percentage increase from 2006, revenue is after adjustments for revenue sharing

1. New York Yankees $1,200,000,000

2. New York Mets $736,000,000

3. Boston Red Sox $724,000,000

4. Los Angeles Dodgers $632,000,000

5. Chicago Cubs $592,000,000

6. St. Louis Cardinals $460,000,000

7. San Francisco Giants $459,000,000

8. Atlanta Braves $458,000,000

9. Philadelphia Phillies $457,000,000

10. Washington Nationals $447,000,000

11. Houston Astros $442,000,000

12. Seattle Mariners $436,000,000

13. Los Angeles Angels $431,000,000

League Average $431,000,000

14. Baltimore Orioles $395,000,000

15. Chicago White Sox $381,000,000

16. San Diego Padres $367,000,000

17. Texas Rangers $365,000,000

18. Cleveland Indians $364,000,000

19. Detroit Tigers $357,000,000

20. Toronto Blue Jays $344,000,000

21. Arizona Diamondbacks $339,000,000

22. Colorado Rockies $317,000,000

23. Cincinnati Reds $307,000,000

24. Oakland Athletics $292,000,000

25. Minnesota Twins $288,000,000

26. Milwaukee Brewers $287,000,000

27. Kansas City Royals $282,000,000

28. Pittsburgh Pirates $274,000,000

29. Tampa Bay Devil Rays $267,000,000

30. Florida Marlins $244,000,000

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2007 Baseball Franchise Values

All dollar figures in millions, change is percentage increase from 2006, revenue is after adjustments for revenue sharing

1. New York Yankees $1,200,000,000

2. New York Mets $736,000,000

3. Boston Red Sox $724,000,000

4. Los Angeles Dodgers $632,000,000

5. Chicago Cubs $592,000,000

6. St. Louis Cardinals $460,000,000

7. San Francisco Giants $459,000,000

8. Atlanta Braves $458,000,000

9. Philadelphia Phillies $457,000,000

10. Washington Nationals $447,000,000

11. Houston Astros $442,000,000

12. Seattle Mariners $436,000,000

13. Los Angeles Angels $431,000,000

League Average $431,000,000

14. Baltimore Orioles $395,000,000

15. Chicago White Sox $381,000,000

16. San Diego Padres $367,000,000

17. Texas Rangers $365,000,000

18. Cleveland Indians $364,000,000

19. Detroit Tigers $357,000,000

20. Toronto Blue Jays $344,000,000

21. Arizona Diamondbacks $339,000,000

22. Colorado Rockies $317,000,000

23. Cincinnati Reds $307,000,000

24. Oakland Athletics $292,000,000

25. Minnesota Twins $288,000,000

26. Milwaukee Brewers $287,000,000

27. Kansas City Royals $282,000,000

28. Pittsburgh Pirates $274,000,000

29. Tampa Bay Devil Rays $267,000,000

30. Florida Marlins $244,000,000

huh? :blink:

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Just thinking about how everyone talks about how much better the American League is the last decade and I don't necessarily mean against the NL in All-Star games or in the WS, but I've heard so much about how the AL is better marketed, better branded, more exciting league, better product all together. However 8 of the top 10 most-valued franchises are still NL, any thoughts about this?

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I've heard so much about how the AL is better marketed, better branded, more exciting league,

Have you been talking to Yankee and Red Sox fans maybe? Don't listen to them, they think all of baseball revolves around them.

The junior circuit is just that - the junior circuit. The National League has always fielded a much more exciting brand of baseball. I'd love it if Toronto was in the National League, I bet a lot of Mariner fans feel the same way.

DH? YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN!!

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Just thinking about how everyone talks about how much better the American League is the last decade and I don't necessarily mean against the NL in All-Star games or in the WS, but I've heard so much about how the AL is better marketed, better branded, more exciting league, better product all together. However 8 of the top 10 most-valued franchises are still NL, any thoughts about this?

ESPN lied to us again?

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Sorry, but for the first time in a long time, I've got to call some serious bull :censored: with this list. I mean, think about it...

(1) The Yankees and Mets play in the same city and the same market. Their payroll and YES are the only "assets" they have over-and-above the Mets, and yet they're allegedly worth $ 464 million more?

(2) The Chicago Cubs, who play in a decrepit yet beloved stadium they own, and haven't won a World Series in the lifetime of 99% of the population, are worth $ 211M more than the White Sox, who play in a stadium they essentially own less than 20 years old, and who've won a World Series in my 3-year old daughter's lifetime?

(3) The Washington Nationals, despite currently accumulating not insignificant debt as the result of building a new stadium, are 10th? Granted a new stadium is a revenue-generating asset (unless you're in Pittsburgh or Milwaukee, apparently) but the place hasn't been built yet - and the debt of building it is already starting to appear on the balance sheets.

(4) The Arizona Diamondbacks are so saddled with debt that during the final stages of the Colangelo days they had to have a capital call among the partners for Christ's sake... how is that franchise possibly worth $339 million?

(5) The Colorado Rockies - see Arizona. Pretty much the same story.

(6) Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have both christened new stadia in the past six years, and yet neither has cracked the top 20 on this list during that period. Both have revenues (notice I didn't say attendance) comparable to Cleveland and Detroit. But because they with limited exceptions eschew top-level player talent, the franchise is somehow worth less?

Sorry, this list brings out the common business sense out in me. There are some things I don't dispute, however...

(1) The Dodgers being worth roughly $ 200M more than the Angels. The reason? Land. The Dodgers own their stadium and the surrounding land, acquired by the team back in 1958 when they moved. Gene Autry wasn't as lucky with the Angels.

(2) The Giants being worth $ 459 million. Anyone who's priced land in the Bay Area knows what the patch that stadium's sitting on is worth.

(3) The Toronto Blue Jays at $ 344 million is about right, if its Canadian. Otherwise its off by a bit.

(4) The Orioles being worth $395 million. It should be much higher, but Peter Angelos is a :censored:-up as an owner.

(5) The Florida teams being #29 and #30. The way Florida has been botched as an MLB market is simply criminal.

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