Special Report

The Sports Teams Worth the Most Money

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50. Cleveland Browns, NFL
> Value: $2.35 billion
> Owner(s): Owner: Dee and Jimmy Haslam
> Price paid: $987 million in 2012
> Change in value since last purchase: +$1.4 Billion
> Last title: NFL Champion, 1964

Unlike other NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns have no official logo on their headgear. Instead, their brown helmets are a nod to the team’s first coach and co-founder, Paul Brown.

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49. Dallas Mavericks, NBA
> Value: $2.45 billion (tied)
> Owner(s): Mark Cuban
> Price paid: $280 million in 2000
> Change in value since last purchase: +$2.2 Billion
> Last title: NBA Champion, 2011

Established in 1980 as an expansion team, the Dallas Mavericks had the team’s first winning season just four years later in 1984. Mark Cuban bought the team in 2000, and immediately began to spend big, but also ended up being fined by the league for a rude gesture during a game in 2001.

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48. New York Mets, MLB
> Value: $2.45 billion (tied)
> Owner(s): Steve Cohen
> Price paid: $2.42 billion in 2020
> Change in value since last purchase: +$30 Million
> Last title: World Series Champion, 1986

New York Mets fans rejoiced when hedge fund operator Steve Cohen bought the franchise from the Wilpon family last year. Will new ownership bring the team a World Series championship it hasn’t won since 1986? Check back in October to find out.

47. Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL
> Value: $2.45 billion (tied)
> Owner(s): Shahid Khan
> Price paid: $770 million in 2011
> Change in value since last purchase: +$1.7 Billion
> Last title: None

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t won a championship since entering the league in 1993. Team brass is hoping that will change with the signing of top college quarterback, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, in last year’s draft.

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46. New Orleans Saints, NFL
> Value: $2.48 billion
> Owner(s): Gayle Benson
> Price paid: $70.2 million in 1985
> Change in value since last purchase: +$2.4 Billion
> Last title: Super Bowl Champion, 2009

The name Saints honors the Catholic heritage of the city the team plays in. It also pays homage to Louis Armstrong’s classic version of “When the Saints Come Marching In.” Need another heavenly connection? The team was founded on Nov. 1, 1966 — All Saints Day.