The 10 Most Valuable NBA Teams This Year

By on March 24, 2017 in ArticlesBillionaire News

It's no secret that the NBA is big business and that the 2016 season was no exception to that. Consider the fact that in the 1982-83 season, the NBA's revenues were $118 million. In 2016, the NBA's total revenues were $1.36 billion. Revenue has more than tripled in just the last five years thanks to the league's $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT that started this season.

The two most valuable NBA teams are two that haven't seen a lot of success on the court of late. However, they are in the country's two biggest markets – New York and Los Angeles, so that gives them a boost. The New York Knicks are the most valuable team in the NBA for the second year in a row. The team is worth $3.3 billion, a 10% increase over last year. Even though the Knicks haven't made the playoffs since 2013, they are benefitting from the $1 billion Madison Square Garden renovation, which added upgraded seating options and sponsorship opportunities to the team's bottom line, and the  new local cable deal. That deal brought in $100 million in its first year. The Knicks reported a profit of $141 million last season despite their dismal 32-50 record on the court.

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On the other coast, the Los Angeles Lakers are worth $3 billion – an 11% increase from last year. The Lakers had the worst season in franchise history, but that didn't hurt their bottom line. Fans turned out in droves to watch Kobe Bryant's final season. The Lakers continue to sell out Staples Center. The primo courtside seats run celebrities and LA's movers and shakers a cool $2,750 per game. The team sold $1.2 million worth of Kobe Bryant merchandise at the Staples Center during his final came alone. That is a sales record for a single day. The Lakers reported $119 million in profit.

The 10 most valuable NBA teams have seen their values sky rocket over the past few years, thanks to the nearly unlimited growth potential of the NBA's revenue streams. Television revenues, changes in ownership, new venues to play in, and merchandising all contribute to the sky-high value of the ten Most Valuable NBA Teams.

#10. Miami Heat

Value: $1.35 billion

Revenue: $210 million

Owner: Micky Arison

#9. Dallas Mavericks

Value: $1.54 billion

Revenue: $194 million

Owner: Mark Cuban

#8. Houston Rockets

Value: $1.65 billion

Revenue: $244 million

Owner: Leslie Alexander

#7. Brooklyn Nets

Value: $1.8 billion

Revenue: $223 million

Owner: Mikhail Prokhorov

#6. Los Angeles Clippers

Value: $2 billion

Revenue: $185 million

Owner: Steve Ballmer

#5. Boston Celtics

Value: $2.2 billion

Revenue: $200 million

Owner: H. Irving Grousbeck, Wycliffe Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca

#4. Chicago Bulls

Value: $2.5 billion

Revenue: $232 million

Owner: Jerry Reinsdorf

#3. Golden State Warriors

Value: $2.6 billion

Revenue: $305 million

Owner: Joseph Lacob, Peter Guber

#2. Los Angeles Lakers

Value: $3 billion

Revenue: $333 million

Owner: Buss Family Trust, Philip Anschutz, Edward Roski, Patrick Soon-Shiong

#1. New York Knicks

Value: $3.3 billion

Revenue: $376 million

Owner: James Dolan

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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