The New York Yankees are worth nearly twice as much as any other team in baseball, according to the annual estimates by Forbes magazine.
The Yankees were valued at $1.6 billion, Forbes said Wednesday, up 7 percent from a $1.5 billion value last year. The magazine said the team had $441 million in net revenue in the first season at its new ballpark after paying to baseball’s revenue sharing program and financing the stadium.
Boston was next, going up 4 percent to $870 million and was followed by the New York Mets, who dropped 6 percent to $858 million following a 70-92 record in their first season at Citi Field. Forbes projected the Mets’ stadium revenue will decline by $20 million this year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, caught in divorce proceedings of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt, were fourth with a 1 percent increase to $727 million, $1 million more than the Chicago Cubs under new owner Tom Ricketts.
Florida, which moves into a new ballpark in 2012, had the largest percentage rise, increasing 15 percent to $317 million. Minnesota had a 14 percent jump to $405 million following its move this year to Target Field.
Pittsburgh was last at $289 million, just below Oakland, which dropped 8 percent to $295 million. The average worth was up 2 percent to $491 million.
The Marlins had the highest operating profit, Forbes said, at $46.1 million, followed by Boston at $40 million. The only teams were operating losses were Detroit at $29.5 million and Arizona at $600,000.
Forbes estimated the 30 teams combined for record operating income of $522 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, an average of $17.4 million per team.
Texas, in the process of being sold from Tom Hicks to Chuck Greenberg, had the highest estimated debt-to-value ratio, 105 percent, followed by the Yankees (89 percent), Mets (81 percent) and Cubs (80 percent). Minnesota and Toronto were listed with no debt.