The Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Teams

April 7, 2014

Here are the current top 10 Most Valuable Sports Teams according to Forbes:

#1 Manchester United
Value: $2.23 billion
Owner: Glazer family

#2 Real Madrid
Value: $1.88 billion
Owner: Club members

#3 New York Yankees
Value: $1.85 billion
Owner: Steinbrenner family

#3 Dallas Cowboys
Value: $1.85 billion
Owner: Jerry Jones

#6 Los Angeles Dodgers
Value: $1.4 billion
Owner: Guggenheim Baseball

#6 New England Patriots
Value: $1.4 billion
Owner: Robert Kraft

#8 Barcelona
Value: $1.31 billion
Owner: Club members

#9 New York Giants
Value: $1.3 billion
Owners: John Mara, Steven Tisch

#10 Arsenal
Value: $1.29 billion
Owner: Stan Kroenke

#11 Bayern Munich
Value: $1.23 billion
Owner: Club members

In 2010, there were five soccer, three baseball and two football teams in the top 10. Here was the top 10 in 2010:

1. New York Yankees – $328 million
2. Manchester United – $285 million
3. Real Madrid – $240 million
4. Dallas Cowboys – $208 million
5. Barcelona – $180 million
6. Bayern Munich – $178 million
7. Arsenal – $176 million
8. Boston Red Sox – $163 million
9. New York Mets – $158 million
10. New England Patriots – $156 million

As you can see, teams have added 5 to 15 times more value in four years!

The Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Brands

April 5, 2014

Here is the current list of the top 10 sports brands according to Forbes:

1. Nike
Brand Value 2013: $17.3 billion
Brand Value 2012: $15.9 billion
- Nike is the global leader with almost 20% of athletic footwear market, and its stock price has outperformed the Dow Jones U.S. Footwear index by 50% during the past five years.

Brand Value 2013: $15.0 billio
Brand Value 2012: $11.5 billion
- ESPN will collect more than $6 billion in cable fees in 2013 and commands the highest monthly subscriber fee ($5.50) of any network on basic cable.

3. Adidas
Brand Value 2013: $7.1 billion
Brand Value 2012: $6.8 billion
- At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Adidas kitted over 5,000 athletes, and 30% of the medals captured were by athletes wearing the brand.

4. Sky Sports
Brand Value 2013: $4.1 billion
Brand Value 2012: $4.0 billion
- In 2012, there were over nine million viewers for Sky Sports F1 channel’s inaugural season, and 90% of Sky’s sports rights are secured through 2015.

5. Under Armour
Brand Value 2013: $3.7 billion
Brand Value 2012: $3.5 billion
- Under Armour’s footwear revenue (12% of total revenue) is expected to more than double this year to $290 million, from $127 million in 2010.

6. Reebok
Brand Value 2013: $1.1 billion
Brand Value 2012: $1.2 billion
- Reebok has been creating a potentially powerful niche by adding sponsorship deals with tough fitness groups and events like CrossFit and Spartan Race in an attempt to revive its brand.

7. YES
Brand Value 2013: $625 million
Brand Value 2012: $600 million
- The most-watched regional sports network in the U.S. was valued at $3.8 billion in 2012 when News Corp. bought a partial stake in the highly profitable RSN.

Brand Value 2013: $510 million
Brand Value 2012: $500 million
- NESN commands third-highest monthly subscriber fee ($3.56) of any RSN and telecasts of Boston Red Sox games averaged the fifth-highest rating (7.3) in baseball in 2013.

Brand Value 2013: $480 million
Brand Value 2012: $420 million
- MLBAM is worth roughly $6 billion and is equally owned by MLB’s 30 teams, adding about $200 million in value to every franchise.

10. MSG
Brand Value 2013: $300 million
Brand Value 2012: $210 million
- MSG’s New York Rangers telecasts averaged a 1.65 rating for the 2012-13 regular season, up 67% versus 2011-12, and second only to 1994-95.

Lole Partners with Gazelle Sports to Open 2nd U.S. Store

April 4, 2014

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Usually, big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles get the trendy retailers before the Grand Rapids market does.

But that isn’t the case with Lole. The Canadian lifestyle and activewear brand decided to locate its second U.S. store in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village.

The store, which will carry the company’s four apparel lines, opened last week.

The women’s activewear store occupies space at 2213 Wealthy St. SE that previously housed Smooch Beauty Boutique until it closed in May.

Lole, which stands for Live Out Loud Everyday, is known for long-lasting, versatile clothing that can be worn beyond yoga sessions and other workouts.

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Rawlings Expands Into Cricket

March 25, 2014

SYDNEY, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH) today announced its official expansion into the sport of cricket with the signing of Michael Clarke, international cricket star and captain of Cricket Australia(TM), to a multi-year endorsement agreement. Clarke joins Rawlings international roster of professional athletes who play integral roles in the development of their on-field equipment and training products.

Clarke will travel to the United States this April to collaborate with Rawlings product management team on the development of his signature fielders’ glove line, set to debut worldwide later this year.

“Cricket and baseball share many game-related characteristics, with fielding as a primary pillar in both sports,” said Kurt Hunzeker, senior director of brand marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings. “With that in mind, Rawlings expansion into cricket is a logical next step, and Michael is the perfect ambassador for Rawlings. His innovative leadership, aggressive style and unparalleled passion align perfectly with the Rawlings brand, and we look forward to a long-lasting partnership with one of the best athletes in the world.”

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Shock Doctor Acquired by Bregal Partners

March 23, 2014

Shock Doctor Inc., known for their mouthguards, has been acquired by Bregal Partners, a middle market New York-based private equity firm. Bregal’s investment is in partnership with Shock Doctor Sports’ management; financial terms were not disclosed.

Shock Doctor Sports owns two brands: Shock Doctor, the number one mouthguard company in the world for over 15 years and creators of sports protection gear for hockey, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, martial arts, boxing, and lacrosse, amongst other sports; and Cutters Gloves, an industry leading line of performance gloves and accessories for football and baseball made with exclusive C-TACK Performance Grip Material.

Reebok Updates Logo

March 13, 2014

The new “Reebok Delta” logo, which is already used on the company’s Crossfit products, is only the second major change to the sportswear brand’s logo in its 119-year history. It will be gradually introduced to the brand’s footwear and apparel from this month, while the old logo will only be seen on the Reebok Classic range.

ReebokThe logo was last changed in 1986.

Matt O’Toole, chief marketing officer at Reebok, says the logo switch reflects the company’s move into the fitness category, a change that started to show signs of paying off in the second half of 2013. Reebok sales jumped 5 per cent year-on-year for the three months to September, the brand’s second consecutive quarter of growth after years of sales decline.

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Boston Marathon Bans Personal Bags

March 6, 2014

The Boston Athletic Association announced a “no bags policy” for the 2014 Boston Marathon to expedite security checks and promote overall safety at the race in the wake of last year’s bombing.

The policy bans participants from bringing their own bags to the race. Instead, runners will be given an opportunity to stash a change of clothes or other personal gear in a clear plastic bag B.A.A. will provide when they pick up their race numbers near the finish line on Boston Commons.

“Only this B.A.A.-provided, clear, plastic bag can be used for this purpose,” according to a copy of the new policy posted on the association’s website. “No other bags will be accepted. Any items that you would like to have with you at the conclusion of the race must be placed inside the clear, plastic bag that the B.A.A. will provide for you.”

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Vinci Sports Products Now at Hibbett Sporting Goods

March 4, 2014

JC3333-22_Black+Black_Mesh+White_Lace_-Left_View_-_BIGVinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, will now be offered at Hibbett Sporting Goods stores.

Hibbett will carry the JC3300-L Black and White Vinci baseball glove, which will retail for $199. The JC3333-22 Black with Grey Mesh glove will retail for $149.

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Vinci is a family-owned and operated sports equipment company dedicated to quality. Hundreds of professional players wear Vinci, including minor and major league baseball players. For additional information, visit

2014 Combine Under Armour Footwear Collection

March 2, 2014

BhNHlcbCIAA0SLdUnder Armour posted these cleats for the NFL Draft Football Combine:

Under Armour ‏@UnderArmour
2014 Combine Footwear Collection: For the most important job interview of your life.

Check the cleats out on Under Armour’s Facebook Page: