Unless you’re among the world’s wealthiest, you’re probably not going to have the capital to invest in a professional sports franchise anytime in the near future.
Indeed, it’s a truly rich person’s game, with team prices routinely going for nine figures and, quite often in today’s economy, north of $1 billion.
Take, for instance, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 for $2 billion — a staggering sum for a team that has had only 12 winning seasons in almost 50 years of existence.
Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. We took a look at the top half of Forbes’ annual “World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams” list and calculated just how good an investment each of the top 25 franchises has been.