The Forbes Top 50 Most Valuable Sports teams list has been released. The team was dominated by the NFL, which had 30 teams on the list. Other sports didn’t place as well on the list.
In fact only 1 team made the list from the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were ranked #31 (in a 3 way tie) at $1 billion.
The Leafs ended a nine year playoff drought this year, but lost a seven game series in the first round to the Boston Bruins. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owned the Maple Leafs, Raptors of the NBA and Bell Canada Centre, was sold last year to Bell Canada and Rogers Communications for $2.05 billion.
The average team is worth $1.24 billion, up 16% from last year. The are 33 teams worth more than $1 billion versus 24 in 2012. Two years ago no team passed $2 billion, now there are 5 over that threshold including 2 over $3 billion.
Aside from being the only hockey and NHL team, they were also the only Canadian team to make the list.