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Bears Ranked 13th Most Valuable Sports Team In World

This, from an article in Forbes magazine that ranks teams by value — it includes various European soccer teams and also auto racing “teams”.

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The 13th-ranked Bears’ value is listed as $1.08 billion with annual revenue of $241 million.

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Most of the top 50 are NFL teams. Only five baseball teams rate: Yankees (3), Red Sox (35), Mets (36), Dodgers (45), and the Cubs 46th, with a value of $726 million and reported annual revenue (unclear what year this is from) of $246 million.

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The Ricketts family paid $845 million last year, but don’t think that means the Cubs have declined in value; the values given are for the team only, while the Ricketts purchase also included Wrigley Field and a 25% stake in Comcast Sports Net.

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This article also points out an annoying tendency for mass media websites to get too fancy. Instead of an easily readable list of teams, the only way you can find out all 50 is clicking through this slideshow, one team per page. So I increased your page view count, Forbes, but I’m not clicking on the ads.

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Save yourself the time unless you’re really interested — the Bears and Cubs are the only Chicago sports teams on the list.