Special Report

The Sports Teams Worth the Most Money

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30. Seattle Seahawks, NFL
> Value: $3.08 billion
> Owner(s): Paul G. Allen Trust
> Price paid: $194 million in 1997
> Change in value since last purchase: +$2.9 Billion
> Last title: Super Bowl Champion, 2013

Seattle Seahawk fans are famous for being loud. But at a playoff game in 2011, the fans jumped up and down so enthusiastically that they caused a minor earthquake with an estimated magnitude between 1 and 2.

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29. Las Vegas Raiders, NFL
> Value: $3.1 billion
> Owner(s): Mark Davis
> Price paid: $180,000 in 1966
> Change in value since last purchase: +$3.1 Billion
> Last title: Super Bowl Champion, 1983

The Raiders moved east last year to Nevada’s gaming mecca after spending most of its history in California. Between 1960 and 1981 and 1995 to 2019, the team played in Oakland. From 1982 to 1995, Los Angeles was its home. Now it’s making a bet that its new city will bring success.

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28. San Francisco Giants, MLB
> Value: $3.18 billion
> Owner(s): Charles Johnson
> Price paid: $100 million in 1993
> Change in value since last purchase: +$3.1 Billion
> Last title: World Series Champion, 2014

The San Francisco Giants are one of MLB’s oldest franchises, with a founding year of 1883, when the team was known as the New York Gothams. Yes, that’s right — the Giants were born in New York City. But in 1958, the team followed the Brooklyn Dodgers in a move to the West Coast.

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27. Chelsea (England), Soccer
> Value: $3.2 billion (tied)
> Owner(s): Roman Abramovich
> Price paid: $233 million in 2003
> Change in value since last purchase: +$3 Billion
> Last title: UEFA Champions League Winner, 2021

Founded in 1905, Chelsea F.C. has nabbed more than 30 competitive titles, including six league championships and seven European trophies. It plays in Fulham, West London, and is a rival to nearby Arsenal.

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26. Boston Celtics, NBA
> Value: $3.2 billion (tied)
> Owner(s): Wycliffe Grousbeck, Irving Grousbeck, Robert Epstein, Stephen Pagliuca
> Price paid: $360 million in 2002
> Change in value since last purchase: +$2.8 Billion
> Last title: NBA Champion, 2008

One of the NBA’s original eight teams, the Celtics were established in 1946. Although the team hasn’t won a championship since 2008, its 27 titles rank it as the league’s most successful franchise.