Forbes rate Arsenal as 7th most valuable sports franchise in world

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Forbes magazine has rated Arsenal as the 7th most valuable sports franchise in the world assessing the club’s worth, following Stan Kroenke’s takeover, at $1.19 billion. Last year the Gunners placed 8th in the rankings valued at $1.18 billion.

Manchester United top the 2011 list valued at $1.86 billion, while Spanish giants Real Madrid, 5th,  make up the third football club in the top ten.

German side Bayern Munich (19th), Champions League winners Barcelona (26th), Serie A champions AC Milan (34th), Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea (46th) and Italian giants Juventus (49th) are the only other football sides to make the top fifty.

The rest of the top fifty is made up predominantly of NFL sides although baseball’s New York Yankees place 3rd, while Formula 1 giants Ferrari (13th) and McLaren (37th) also break up the dominance of American Football sides.

Top Fifty Franchises

  1. Manchester United / Football / $1.86 billion
  2. Dallas Cowboys / NFL / $1.81 billion
  3. New York Yankees / MLB / $1.7 billion
  4. Washington Redskins / NFL / $1.55 billion
  5. Real Madrid / Football / $1.45 billion
  6. New England Patriots / NFL / $1.37 billion
  7. Arsenal / Football / $1.19 billion
  8. New York Giants / NFL / $1.18 billion
  9. Houston Texans / NFL / $1.17 billion
  10. New York Jets / NFL / $1.14 billion
  11. Philadelphia Eagles / NFL / $1.12 billion
  12. Baltimore Ravens / NFL / $1.07 billion
  13. Ferrari / Formula 1 / $1.07 billion
  14. Chicago Bears / NFL / $1.07 billion
  15. Denver Broncos / NFL / $1.05 billion
  16. Idianapolis Colts / NFL / $1.04 billion
  17. Carolina Panthers / NFL / $1.04 billion
  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers / NFL / $1.03 billion
  19. Bayern Munich / Football / $1.03 billion
  20. Green Bay Packers / NFL / $1.02 billion
  21. Cleveland Browns / NFL / $1.02 billion
  22. Miami Dolphins / NFL / $1.01 billion
  23. Pittsburgh Steelers / NFL / $996 million
  24. Tennessee Titans / NFL / $994 million
  25. Seattle Seahawks / NFL / $989 million
  26. Barcelona / Football / $975 million
  27. Kansas City Chiefs / NFL / $965 million
  28. New Orleans Saints / NFL / $955 million
  29. San Francisco 49ers / NFL / $925 million
  30. Arizona Cardinals / NFL / $919 million
  31. Boston Red Sox / MLB / $912 million
  32. San Diego Chargers / NFL / $907 million
  33. Cincinnati Bengals / NFL / $905 million
  34. AC Milan / Football / $838 million
  35. Atlanta Falcons / NFL / $831 million
  36. Detroit Lions / NFL / $817 million
  37. McLaren / Formula 1 / $815 million
  38. Los Angeles Dodgers / MLB / $800 million
  39. Buffalo Bills/ NFL / $799 million
  40. St. Louis Rams / NFL / $779 million
  41. Minnesota Vikings / NFL / $774 million
  42. Chicago Cubs / MLB / $773 million
  43. Oakland Raiders / NFL / $758 million
  44. New York Mets /MLB / $747 million
  45. Jacksonville Jaguars / NFL / $725 million
  46. Chelsea / Football / $658 million
  47. New York Knicks / NBA / $655 million
  48. Los Angeles Lakers / NBA / $643 million
  49. Juventus / Football / $628 million
  50. Philadelphia Phillies / MLB / $609 million

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William

All a bit pointless considering how fucking tight we are.

Franny

Thought the same thing when I first read this. I wonder how many others did too?

ken

Where does the money go if not to make us better on the pitch?

medfly70

Which Spanish giants are 5th?

medfly70

Oh you fixed it.

welly

imagine how much we’d be worth if we had won something in the last 7 years

The Law

The Washington Redskins haven’t won the Superbowl (the only NFL trophy that counts) since 1991. That’s a 20 year trophy drought.

ayo

as a redskin and gunners fan, it’s been quite a drought.

DCGooner

Interesting to note the Redskins owner has spent obscene gobs of cash to try and win another Super Bowl, all for nought.

jin

The skins have absolutely horrible management. For those who (rightly!) don’t follow NFL football, we are probably the equivalent of tottenham before last year a la buying robbie keane, selling him for half the price 6 months later, buying david bentley etc etc

However at least they try eh? Bloody cash strapped/mysteriously frugal management!

alex2110

Redskins haven’t won anything for much longer than that

N7 Gooner

An amazing achievement – when you think about how small Arsenal were it’s incredible.

Also it does make you realise how well we do when you see how much Man U have been worth for ages. Everyone who fawnes over Demento’s achievements forgets how much money he’s had for years and years!

Now….just to add silverware….

Gnasher

Does this take into account clubs debts? Doubt some piss poor regional teams like Barca would even make the list then.

westender

And we beat Barcelona by 19 places … somehow that has just made my day!

Masterwenger

Where’s Man City, Tottenham?

Murt

Who?

ol

In Manchester and down the three sisters respectively.

ubong Augustine

keep it up,i love that.football is business,n we’r d 3rd richest football club.dis is made possible by one man(arsene wenger).fanz are please with dis,but add a trophy n we’ll go crazy.in wenger i trust

William

I would like to agree with you, but your grammar makes me want to shave my balls with a sycthe.

Truegooner

Couldn’t of put it better myself!

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Kiran

Truegooner isn’t any better. “Couldn’t have”, my grammatically challenged friend.

TampaMK

says, the glazers control the #1 Manure United and #18 Tampa Bay Bucs

Mooro

Bugger all to do with this thread I know, but is it only me that finds it depressing that Citeh have managed to create a role for Paddy, instead of him coming home?

Surely something could’ve been done, just to have the man knocking about the place? How much could Wilshere, Ramsey and Song in particular learn from him and how much could the team generally have benefited from having a leader like that working with them behind the scenes?

argonaut

Where’s Barcelona?

argonaut

Oh I didn’t see them that far down the list.

Will

I would jus like to take this opportunity to wish paddy vieira a happy retirement, he has had a remarkable 18 year Career, in his 9 yrs with us he won 11 trophies. Winning 3 prem lge titles, 4 FA cups, & 4 community shields, he scored 49 goals in his 279 appearances. he then went on to win the serie A title with juve in his first season, & moved to inter & won 4 more serie A titles, & 2 super cups, & in his last season at man city he won the FA cup, he also won the world cup, European cup & confederations cup with France,.. he’s a true arsenal legend, & his like will never be seen again in his position. what a player. Samir nasri take note!!

Mooro

Balls. I knew that would happen…..right, copy and paste job.

Jasonisimo

Historically, Football teams have been owned by patricians who put money into teams but never made a cent back. Team ownership was a vanity prize. The The oil barons from russia and the middle east follow this trend, too, by pumping hundreds of millions into the team to make them competitive. But why suddenly, without any other connections to England or the sport, have American sports owners taken to the EPL, an open league where all new revenue generated must be put back into the team–player wages and transfer fees–in order to compete at the top level?

Examine the Forbes list again. The top echelon of valuable sports properties is dominated by NFL franchises. Only some of the most successful and storied sporting outfits the world over manage to crack into the NFL’s stranglehold on the top spots– Manure at #1, NY Yankees, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Ferrari, Bayern Munich, Barfa, Boston Red Sox, AC Milan, McLaren, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, NY Mets. In the EPL, we saw the Glazers (Tampa Bay/NFL/#18) mortgage everything they owned, practically, to fund a leveraged takeover of Manure, the #1 team on the list. Randy Lerner (Cleveland Browns/NFL/#21) bought Aston Villa, which isn’t on the list. Hicks and Gillette bought Liverpool, ran it poorly, and were forced to sell to Henry (Boston Red Sox/MLB/#31). In between, Kroenke bought his controlling stake in Arsenal (#7). Now, again? why? Either these very successful business men suddenly forgot the value of a dollar, or there is another game afoot. About the same time that these teams were being purchased, the talk coming out of the defunct G14/G18 was of a European “Superleague.” This was going to be a closed league. The G18 gave way to a broader coalition of European clubs in discussions with UEFA, but then Henry bought Liverpool, and Kroenke continued increasing his position in Arsenal. The only way these guys are going to get their money back is if there are some real caps placed on spending. UEFA’s Financial Fair Play policy will not matter. It only attempts to keep vanity owners from pissing away money. It can’t help owners take money out of the team without harming the quality of the playing squad.* Wage caps and a closed league would. Wage caps, incidentally and fortuitously, are currently advocated before the FA by Football League clubs. My belief is that this influx of foreign ownership is a harbinger of the NFL-ization of the Premier league.

* Even as Manure and Arsenal have paid down respective debts, the wages paid to the playing squads in total have steadily increased and were #1 and #3 most in the EPL last season.

Aaberg

And American sports are doing so well right now… American football and basketball are facing possible lockouts.

Jasonisimo

Well, that’s collective bargaining for you. The players unions and the franchise owners fighting over the split of the profits. The PFA will need to step into the collective bargaining role on behalf of players in the EPL if it goes closed-league with salary caps.

Akhil Nayak

FORBES-Once i used to believe them, but not from 2008 after their stupidity came to air.

Maurice Glyn

Manchester City nowhere to be seen. Wonder how they are going to justify that record breaking £300 million pound Etihad sponsorship deal now? Nevermind, I’m sure Platini will figure out a way to justify it…

the jim bob gunner

Why are Barca so far down? They have like the biggest staidum in europe, and have loadsa world class players that earn probably 10’s of millions by themselves. Im a bit bemused tbbh.

Jasonisimo

These valuations are based upon purchase price (where available–see Arsenal’s increase after Usmanov paid over the odds to increase his shareholding) and/or net cash flows. Barca don’t make all that much profit, if any.

Arsenalist

The fat television contracts are the main reason so many NFL teams are on there.

ILoveCheese

Plus salary cap (spending limits) and stadium size. The smallest NFL stadium, Soldier Field in Chicago (capacity ~61,500), is larger than every EPL stadium besides Old Trafford, every La Liga venue outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The is a huge revenue advantage for the NFL over European Football.

Regibold

It also helps that in a country about 100 times the size and with a population of over 300 million there are only 32 professional teams.

Jeff

off topic slightly but…

To the tune of the lazy song by Bruno mars,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUf1Ax9x6cM (52secs onwards)

Today I dnt feel like selling fabregas,
I think its best that he stays a red,
Dnt feel like picking up the fone
Xavi leave a message after the tone
Cos today I swear im not selling fabregas…. Nasri stays too!
Ooooo oooo, ooooo oooo, nasri stays too!!!

thoughts?

NorthernGoon

Will you stop post spamming please Jeff?

Robbo Redondo

Well I liked it… 🙂

TomC

you know that feeling of déjà vie…? 🙂

NorthernGoon

You know I thought I’d be pleased with this kind of news but all it does is highlight the fact that we have money and either AW or the board are refusing to spend.

It’ll be interesting to see where we are on this list in 12 & 24 months respectively.

Zman

As a resident of the shitty of Detroit it feels good to know your worth more then Chelsea

Alan

What value has this really except to business men. No one could claim Arsenal to be bigger than Barcelona or AC Milan who are below them on this list. As are other more prestigious clubs.

Goonerific

Good to know we are 3rd and soon to move up considering we don’t buy anyone and sell for profit each season.
Deja vu again, another off season buying nobody that can increase the skill and experience of the team. Our best 11 can win the league, however, our best 11 do not stay fit all season, especially with deep runs in all 4 competitions, therefore we need to rely on the 2nd string, who for the most part, are shit. Plus the first teamers get no competition for places.

Goonerific

To continue look at how much Man utd (leeague winners) and man city, liverpool have spent, they are looking to improve, all we do each summer is try to hold onto fabregas. We can easily afford to go out an dbuy:
banes – 12m
cahill – 15m
Hazard – 12m
mata – 15m

Easily afford to buy all those, Rough guess with my numbers, 54m approx, that would win us the league, I am sure, get rid of diaby, eboue, denilson, bendtner (even though I like him).

Kevin

Your numbers for mata, Baines, and hazard are way off. And their respective clubs aren’t selling.

Sparks

Quite astounding really to see such teams like the Seattle Seahawks ranked above Barca or the Cincinnati Bengals (the worst run organization in the NFL) higher than AC Milan.
The NFL’s closed format has produced the only league (that I know of) in which every team’s books are in the black. That is with a relatively, exclusive domestic sport for in the states.
Franchises in the NFL that succeed do so because they are ran by the best business men within the league. A closed league with wage caps would benefit Arsenal who, by the rankings, clearly demonstrate their business fortitude. Financial Fair Play is hearsay until UEFA sacks up and punishes a prestigious club with appropriate punishments.
I am sick of defending Wenger for his fight for the good of football, but dammit that man can low ball negotions, assess value, and return a profit. A closed league could empower Arsenal and their organic business format.

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eleanor

I know the only time to go “Grrrrrrrr” is at the end of the transfer window. So why am I going “Grrrrrrrr” now? Because Arsene Wenger, the best manager Arsenal have ever had, could be making the same mistake for at least three seasons in a row.

At the end of last season I was convinced Wenger had finally ‘got it’. That in order to win the Premier League title you need Premier League style central defenders and not high-line nimble ones. I was also convinced that Wenger was going to bring in just enough experience to give the team the ability to get jobs done.

But the noises he’s now making give me the impression he’s reneged on his own end-of-last-season epiphany and decided to give his footballing philosophy one last defiant go. It’s understandable, if regrettable, because for not a great deal of extra expenditure he could bring in players who could make enough of a difference to make the new season a more optimistic one .

So why is he doing this? (Not that he’s actually done anything yet.) Three reasons. Cost, availability, and belief. I think he’s looked at his lists of potential acquisitions and found that none are actually available at a price Arsenal are willing to pay (in both transfer fees and personal terms), at least for now. Possible Premier League players’ transfer fees are ludicrously inflated and Wenger is adamant he’s not going to fuel a practice he feels is killing the English game. He’s also found that clubs are hanging on to their contracted players for as long a they can. This may change as the TW winds down to September, but we won’t know till then. The same seems to be true abroad. The French Ligue 1 now has a new rich kid on the block in PSG. Once Wenger had his pick of the league, but now that’s evaporated with all the big clubs of Europe scouting there in herds. Tant pis as they say. This leaves the last reason: belief. Wenger has looked at his current squad and realized that if he keeps Cesc and Nasri in the team he truly believes we can win the lot; we’re that good. And he might be right. A year’s more experience under their belt. A greater desire to win. Vermaelen as a ‘new signing’. Gervinho replacing Bendtner. Frimpong back (?). A settled goalkeeping roster. Sagna being able to rest more with Jenkinson’s arrival. He may even think that he has a good chance of keeping Miyaichi in London. And so on.

It’s not what I’d do, but no one’s paying me squillions to make these decisions. I’d get in another centreback. I’d get in another left back. And I’d get in a quick, fearless, exciting, technical, left-footed, good-looking, passing playmaker (aged 22 to 24) to hearten the fanbase who could be brought on as a definitive game-changer in times of crisis. I’d also bring Coquelin back from L’Orient to replace Denilson.

But little of that’s going to happen. Miyaichi will stay in the Eredivisie probably with Feyenoord until the man from the politburo for work permits say ‘yes’. Coquelin will do some more work experience in Brittany. And we’ll have to do with Cesc, Aaron, and Jack in midfield. (Lansbury, for all his Englishness is simply not good enough and Diaby is too consistent/inconsistent depending on your point of view ).

So, even if we do get in ‘one or two’ more players after the departures of Bendtner, Clichy, Almunia, and hopefully Denilson I doubt any of them will be front page news.

Which is exactly how I felt at the end of last summer. “Grrrrrrrr”

Goonerific

All great points, Wenger again is saying defensively we are ok, defensively we are one injury (vermy) away from another tropheyless season, and are taking a gamble with Gibbs at LB.
Everyone can see it except Wenger.

Oh and don’t forget Wellington, another year out on Loan.

Tacklr

From value point of view, I’m glad to hear that Barca is downgrading year after despite them winning everything and thinking they own everything.

I hope we win something next year, and who knows, may be we’ll leapfrog the debt machine within 2 years, when the current sports deals expire.

1. Manchester United: $1.86 billion
2. Real Madrid: $1.45 billion
3. Arsenal: $1.19 billion
4. Bayern Munich: $1.03 billion
5. Barcelona: $975 million
6. AC Milan: $838 million
7. Chelsea: $658 million
8. Juventus: $628 million

Where are Man Shitty, Spuds and Keny Dalglish FC?

Dortsmond

i will prefer it if Chelshit, Bar’cunt’lona and d rest of the junky, hairy autistic vorticella clubs fight for 100th position. Lol!

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Dortsmond

Takrl where wil u put NFL? very good 2 see we are very valuable, bt i just hope someone tells chelshit fans 2 stop addressin their football club as ‘THE BILLIONAIRE’S CLUB’ bcos they re notin bt cunty millionaire.