New York Yankees Top Bloomberg's List of Most Valuable MLB Teams

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2013

The New York Yankees failed to qualify for the playoffs this season, but they are still the most valuable franchise in Major League Baseball. 

Peter J. Schwartz of Bloomberg reports that 10 teams are valued at more than $1 billion, led by the Yankees at an eye-popping $3.3 billion. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets also check in above $2 billion.

Here's a look at the complete list of MLB franchise values, according to Bloomberg:

MLB Franchise Value Rankings
1New York Yankees$3.28 billion
2Los Angeles Dodgers$2.10 billion
3Boston Red Sox$2.06 billion
4New York Mets$2.05 billion
5Chicago Cubs$1.32 billion
6San Francisco Giants$1.23 billion
7Baltimore Orioles$1.12 billion
8Los Angeles Angels$1.09 billion
9Philadelphia Phillies$1.04 billion
10Texas Rangers$1.01 billion
11Chicago White Sox$960 million
12Toronto Blue Jays$950 million
13Washington Nationals$850 million
14Detroit Tigers$830 million
15St. Louis Cardinals$805 million
16Houston Astros$800 million
17Atlanta Braves$760 million
18Seattle Mariners$720 million
19Minnesota Twins$700 million
20San Diego Padres$685 million
21Cincinnati Reds$680 million
22Milwaukee Brewers$615 million
23Pittsburgh Pirates$610 million
24Arizona Diamondbacks$600 million
25Miami Marlins$595 million
26Oakland Athletics$590 million
27Colorado Rockies$580 million
28Cleveland Indians$575 million
29Kansas City Royals$540 million
30Tampa Bay Rays$530 million

Everything from ticket sales to real estate was considered when coming up with the rankings:

In calculating team value, Bloomberg News examined revenue from ticket sales, concessions, sponsorships and broadcast rights, as well as interests in TV channels, radio stations and real estate.

Revenue from national TV contracts and merchandise is split evenly among the teams, as is the value of MLB Advanced Media, a subsidiary that supplies content to Internet and mobile subscribers.

Although there's clearly a wide gap between the top franchises from big markets to the teams at the bottom, the report states the overall value of MLB teams is more than 35 percent higher than previously expected.

A lot of factors come into play in determining both the team rankings and the overall value. But the common key to raising expectations is taking advantage of media opportunities, Anthony Di Santi of Citigroup said at a recent business summit.

Major League Baseball is catching up to valuations of the National Football League. It’s because they've been exploiting the media opportunities that are available to them on a national level.

When you see teams like the Yankees and Dodgers at the top, it becomes easy to understand why those teams can pay out massive contracts to superstars.

On the flip side, teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays deserve credit for finding ways to compete with the big-spending clubs despite not having the same type of resource base. That said, even the Rays, who find themselves last in the rankings, are valued at over $500 million.  All three of those squads advanced to the League Divisional Series stage of the MLB playoffs.

For what it's worth, the 2013 World Series features the No. 3 Red Sox and the No. 15 St. Louis Cardinals.

All told, the overall numbers are a positive for Major League Baseball.