The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Top 10 Sports Franchise Purchases of All Time

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Top 10 Sports Franchise Purchases of All Time
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What do 40 Gulf Stream jets, a lifetime supply of Donald Trump's hair products and the Los Angeles Dodgers have in common?

They all cost $2 billion.  

On Tuesday, a group called Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC ponied up just over two billion greenbacks to lay claim to the Dodger franchise after a nasty divorce between the previous owners, Frank and Jamie McCourt, forced the team onto the market. 

The $2.15 billion purchase, led by Laker legend Magic Johnson and über film producer Peter Gruber, not only set the record for the most expensive acquisition of a sports franchise, it obliterated it. 

Previously, the record amount paid for a sports team was the 2005 procurement of Manchester United for $1.47 billion. Add a half billion dollars more to that figure, and you come up with what a top-three market baseball team goes for these days. 

For a perspective on the astronomical nature of the Dodgers deal, let's take a look at the top 10 most expensive sports franchise purchases of all-time. 

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