Major League Baseball may lose billions from the shutdown of the corona virus, but its clubs appear to be on solid foundations, according to Forbes’s recent list of franchise values released on Thursday.
The financial publication estimated that 28 out of 30 MLB clubs grew in value in 2019.
The New York Yankees are again at the top of the list, estimating the total value of $ 9 billion to $ 5 billion.
According to Forbes, the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, valued at $ 5.5 billion, are the only sports franchise in the world worth more than the Americans.
Forbes predicted that recent strong gains will "help offset a late season downturn."
MLB has indefinitely postponed the 2020 campaign, which was scheduled to start on March 26, as health authorities are calling for social detachment to slow the spread of fatal COVID-19.
Until the setback, Forbes said, MLB profits were at record highs thanks to flat player costs and higher sales, averaging $ 16 million per team.
Forbes calculated that the Yankees had $ 683 million in revenue in 2019.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were ranked the second most important team with $ 3.4 billion and also had the second highest turnover, according to Forbes.
The Boston Red Sox ranked third at $ 3.3 billion, followed by the Chicago Cubs ($ 3.2 billion) and the San Francisco Giants ($ 3.1 billion) New York Mets ($ 2.4 billion), the St. Louis Cardinals ($ 2.2 billion) and Philadelphia Phillies ($ 2 billion).
Only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins lost value, the Pirates by 1% and the Marlins by 2%.
Only the $ 980 million Marlins were outside the billionaires club, according to Forbes' calculations.
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