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Value of Major League Baseball Ownership

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  • Rodney Fort

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    (Washington State University)

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    The unwillingness of team owners to share their data prohibits a direct assessment of the value of professional team sports ownership. But insights into that value can be gleaned from actual team sale prices. First, throughout the entire modern history of Major League Baseball (MLB), the average real growth in team sale prices is twice the usual comparison value of 3% for the economy at large. Second, aggregated at the franchise level, the average rate of growth is about 1.6 times the 3% comparison. Third, the real growth rate an owner can expect from time of purchase to time of sale over the decades has been a roller-coaster ride. Fabulous growth occurred to the 1940s, fell off dramatically to the 1970s, rebounded very strongly in the 1980s, and was essentially zero in the 1990s. In addition, there appears to be a strong relationship between risk and return, owners have learned to price expansion franchises close to discounted expected future profits, the period of ownership has shown dramatic declines at two distinct points in time, and the portion of ownership value not associated with annual operations appears to be significant. This information has implications for claims of losses by owners and for future analysis.

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    Article provided by Fitness Information Technology in its journal International Journal of Sport Finance.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 9-20

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    Keywords: value; ownership; Major League Baseball;

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    1. More on the Liverpool Sale
      by Brad Humphreys in International Journal of Sport Finance Blog on 2010-10-16 14:31:19
    2. Motivation for Team Ownership: Tom Ricketts and the Cubs
      by brhumphreys in International Journal of Sport Finance Blog on 2009-10-31 17:23:16
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    1. Daniel, Rascher, 2008. "Franchise Relocations, Expansions, and Mergers in Professional Sports Leagues," MPRA Paper 25809, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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