Forbes has published a new ranking of the most expensive computers on the planet. And for the second year in a row, no football club was in the top 10, although Real Madrid led it in 2015. Now it took only 11th place. It seems like a very weak indicator, but in the previous version of the rating everything was even worse : 13th.
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The most expensive club was the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL (American football). It was valued at 9 billion dollars. This is not surprising, because since 2016 the Texans have not lost first place to anyone. An absolutely cosmic figure, but the average among the 50 most expensive teams is no less impressive: 5.12 billion.
Interestingly, 30 NFL teams out of 32 participants found a spot in the top 50. There are seven of them in the top ten, two more in basketball (Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks) and one in baseball (New York Yankees). But the most curious thing is that in football everything is quite sad: no one is in the top 10, two in the top 15 (Real Madrid and Manchester United), four in the top 20 (also Barcelona and Liverpool).
We always and everywhere hear that football is the most popular sport. Is it logical that in this case this is reflected in monetary terms? But now we see an obvious decline in this sport. For the second year in a row, no one was in the top ten, although in 2020 there were three and in 2018 there were three in the top four. Until 2016, the ranking was led by football clubs, which sometimes did not even let anyone into the top three, such as in 2013 and 2014.
So maybe the leaders of the largest clubs, who advocated for the Super League, were right that the popularity of football is rapidly declining? The cost of television rights in North America is increasing rapidly, especially for the most popular leagues, which are now the NFL and NBA. The former recently signed a huge television deal worth $111 billion over ten years, and that’s just for the United States. And the second practically doubles the cost of its broadcasts every four years by signing a new agreement. This is precisely the most obvious sign of people’s growing interest in American football and basketball.
Perhaps this is the reason for the massive arrival of American owners to European football in recent years. Buying a club in North America has now become a very expensive proposition. And since the value of even world-famous football teams is not growing at such a rapid pace, meddlesome American businessmen, sensing potential profits, are leaving for the Old World.
Football needs to catch up and it will definitely try. Even changing the format of the most important annual tournament: the Champions League. Let’s see how this affects the positions of football teams in the Forbes ranking in the coming years.
Goodbye launch. The Champions League will change beyond recognition