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Greedy Premier League clubs in new Forbes' list of most valuable sport teams

Daily Mail 11 May, 2021 - 11:20pm

By Max Winters For Mailonline

Five Premier League clubs who signed up to the doomed European Super League last month have been named inside the top 50 most valuable sports teams of 2021.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been included on the new list published by Forbes but none are featured in the top 10 with the list dominated by NFL and NBA franchises.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the finances of most sporting organisations, it is claimed the average value of the world's top 50 sports teams sides has increased by 9.9 per cent to $3.4billion (£2.4bn) in the past 12 months. 

Manchester United and Liverpool are the two highest-ranked Premier League clubs in Forbes' list of the top 50 most valuable sports teams in the world

The valuations Forbes have placed on the five Premier League clubs - as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona - will intensify the anger towards their doomed plans to launch a European Super League last month.

Furious protests by supporters, players, managers and pundits eventually led to nine of the 12 founder members withdrawing from the competition but Real, Barcelona and Juventus are still clinging to the idea.

The brains behind the European Super League argued it would increase revenue for the top clubs in Europe and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.

UEFA, other teams and fan organisations, however, were adamant that it would only boost the power and wealth of elite clubs. 

Last week nine of the 12 founder members agreed to a peace deal with UEFA and accepted being fined millions of pounds but European football's governing body insisted that Real, Barcelona and Juventus will face sanctions. 

The Forbes valuations will intensify the anger towards the doomed European Super League

To measure the value and growth of each team Forbes takes 'published valuations for each sport during the past six months, calculated using revenue and operating income adjusted for revenue sharing' and includes 'the economics of each team's arena deal but not the value of the real estate itself.' 

The top 50 list is made up of 26 NFL teams, nine from the NBA, nine football teams and six MLB franchises. 

Manchester United are the highest-valued Premier League side in 11th place with a valuation of $4.2bn (£2.96bn), sitting just one place in front of rivals Liverpool at $4.1bn (£2.89bn). 

Premier League champions-elect Manchester City are level with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams in 13th spot at $4bn (£2.82bn).

Chelsea are joint 25th with the NFL's Denver Broncos and the NBA's Boston Celtics with a valuation of $3.2bn (£2.3bn).

Meanwhile, their Champions League final opponents Chelsea are joint 25th with the NFL's Denver Broncos and the NBA's Boston Celtics with a valuation of $3.2bn (£2.26bn).

Arsenal are the lowest-ranked Premier League side, sitting in 38th place with a value of $2.8bn (£1.98bn).

Those positions are a marked increase for the English teams apart from Man United, who have fallen by one place.

Manchester City have risen by 21 spots from the same rankings published 12 months ago while Chelsea have risen by 12 and Arsenal nine.

Thanks to their Premier League success in 2020, Liverpool have gone from not even being in the top 50 last year to sitting high up this time around.   

The owners of two Premier League also have other teams on the list.

Arsenal chief Stan Kroenke's Los Angeles Rams match Man City while the Boston Red Sox, also owned by Liverpool's Fenway Sports Group, are worth $3.47bn (£2.45bn). 

One notable absentee from the list are the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL franchise, like Manchester United, is owned by the Glazer family but they were unable to find a place in the top 50, despite Tom Brady leading them to the Vince Lombardi Trophy back in February. 

Both Manchester City and Arsenal are in the top 50 but also wanted in on the Super League

Despite their huge debts and financial woes, Spanish giants Barcelona find themselves in fourth place with Real Madrid just behind - each with a valuation just above $4.7bn (£3.3bn).

American sport continues to dominate the rankings, however, with NFL franchise Dallas Cowboys ranked No 1 with a value of $5.7bn (£4bn).

American sport dominates the top 50 list with NFL franchise Dallas Cowboys ranked No 1 again

In second place is MLB's New York Yankees at $5.25bn (£3.7bn) and NBA's New York Knicks completes the top three with $5bn (£3.5bn).

The Golden State Warriors (£3.32bn), Los Angeles Lakers (£3.2bn), New England Patriots (£3.1bn) and New York Giants (£3bn) complete the top 10. 

'The top 50 highest-earning teams span from just four sports, which is indicative of which leagues have been most successful at deriving value from their intellectual property,' said Mike Ozanian, Forbes' assistant managing editor.

'Media rights are still the single biggest determinant of each league's representation on the top 50 list.' 

2. New York Yankees (MLB, £3.7bn)

3. New York Knicks (NBA, £3.5bn)

6. Golden State Warriors (NBA, £3.32bn

7. Los Angeles Lakers (NBA, £3.2bn)

8. New England Patriots (NFL, £3.1bn)

9. New York Giants (NFL, £3bn)

11. Manchester United (Premier League, £2.96bn)

13. Los Angeles Rams (NFL, £2.82bn)

= Manchester City (Premier League, £2.82bn)

15. San Francisco 49ers (NFL, £2.6bn)

16. Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB, £2.52bn)

17. New York Jets (NFL, £2.51bn)

19. Washington Football Team (NFL, £2.47bn)

20. Boston Red Sox (MLB, £2.45bn)

28. San Francisco Giants (MLB, £2.24bn)

29. Las Vegas Raiders (NFL, £2.2bn)

31. Green Bay Packers (NFL, £2.15bn)

39. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA, £1.94bn)

41. Los Angeles Chargers (NFL, £1.83bn)

43. Kansas City Chiefs (NFL, £1.76bn)

46. New Orleans Saints (NFL, £1.75bn)

= New York Mets (MLB, £1.73bn)

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Man United defeat impacts Leicester, Liverpool, Man City fortunes without harming their own

ESPN 11 May, 2021 - 11:20pm

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United lost at home to Leicester to confirm Manchester City as champions but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Old Trafford far from disappointed.

For much of the 90 minutes, played in everything from bright sunshine to torrential rain, he watched a reserve XI match one of the Premier League's top teams. In fact, United were only undone by a goal of the season contender from Luke Thomas and a bullet header from Caglar Soyuncu.

Leicester's 2-1 victory was their first top-flight win at Old Trafford since 1998 and handed Brendan Rodgers' side a boost in the race for Champions League football at the expense of Liverpool, who visit here in just over 48 hours. The way James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Hamza Choudhury sank to their knees when Craig Pawson blew the final whistle said everything about how tough their evening had been. It was a United team without their star names but one which displayed enough fight and spirit to make up for it.

"We started off slow as you might expect because they have not had any time to prepare for the game but after they scored, we had nothing to lose," said Solskjaer.

"We played some very good stuff, and I was pleased with it. We have not had too much time to prepare and we went into half-time pleased but didn't get out of the traps and they got a goal from a corner that should have been a throw."

As soon as the Premier League told United they would have to play three times in five days, Solskjaer hinted he would be forced into a host of changes for Leicester's visit and he wasn't bluffing. In all, he made 10 from the team which won at Aston Villa on Sunday with only Mason Greenwood keeping his place. Amad Diallo and 19-year-old Swedish forward Anthony Elanga were both handed their first Premier League starts for an XI that still cost more than £200 million, and had the insurance of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, and Edinson Cavani on the bench.

"It can't be like this again," said Solskjaer, still struggling to hide his anger at the schedule chosen by the Premier League following the postponement of the Liverpool game due to fan protests.

"We can't play like Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday, it is impossible that's the reason we made the changes. It's unheard of. It is impossible for the players to perform at this level going from Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday." The announcement of United's team an hour before kick-off prompted outrage from some Liverpool fans on social media who insisted Solskjaer had deliberately handed Leicester a boost in the race for the top four. For 45 minutes, they were pleasantly surprised.

It was only once the hosts began to tire in the second half that Leicester looked likely to score again and even then, it was from a set piece, Soyuncu getting in between Nemanja Matic and substitute Rashford to score from Marc Albrighton's corner.

It is a vital win for Leicester, who bounced back from a disastrous defeat to Newcastle to move back up to third in the table and, more importantly, extend their lead over fifth-place West Ham to eight points. They need four points from their final two games to be sure of Champions League football next season and also have the FA Cup final at Wembley to look forward to on Saturday.

"It was a huge step [towards the Champions League]," said Rodgers. "I am so proud of the team. We started well and Luke scored an amazing goal.

"Once we scored we went sloppy and gave the ball away too easily which encouraged them. In the second half, we were much better and restricted them.

"The players have definitely overachieved with all the big teams around. Now we can really enjoy the final at the weekend."

With the title race officially over, Solskjaer's immediate task is to secure second place, win the Europa League, and then work out how to bridge the gap with City next season. For the Norwegian, the answer is simple.

"If you want to take up the challenge with them we need to strengthen our squad," he said.

"Congratulations to them. They have had a fantastic season. I am very pleased with my boys that have made it to the last 10 days with a Manchester City side ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe. "We want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more [signings] to strengthen the squad."

Report: Ligament injury rules Harry Maguire out of Liverpool clash

Rousing The Kop - Liverpool FC News 11 May, 2021 - 11:20pm

This comes from Sky Sports. They claim that Harry Maguire will miss the Liverpool game on Thursday through injury.

In fact, it could be the end of Maguire’s season. He suffered a problem against Aston Villa at the weekend, forcing him off early. That was the first time in 72 games for Manchester United that Maguire didn’t complete 90 minutes.

Scans on Monday revealed ankle ligament damage. They’re not too severe and Maguire may play again this season. Though, it would likely only be the Europa League final – United don’t expect him to play another Premier League fixture.

And that’s important, given they’ll host Liverpool on Thursday.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed out debuts to youngsters as he almost entirely rotated his side. A packed fixture list necessitates some rotation, of course, though Solskjaer decided to do it all in one game.

It’s more than a little frustrating from a Liverpool point of view. Leicester, after all, are the team the Reds hope to catch. United’s lineups make it as tough as possible for that to happen.

The Foxes will expect to win, whereas Liverpool will face United’s best team. But we can hardly complain – reverse the roles and we’d want the Reds to do the same.

But that ‘best team’ won’t feature Maguire and that’s a big blow to United. He’s far and away their best centre-back, on top of being their captain. They’re undoubtedly weaker without him in the side.

And if Liverpool could pick any area of United to be weaker, it’d be their defence. The Reds must go for a win at Old Trafford – we expect plenty of high-pressing and direct running.

United having a softer centre makes that easier. We’re not sure it makes Liverpool favourites, though, given their own centre-back problems. But at least this balances things out somewhat.

It’ll be a huge game at Old Trafford – certainly for Liverpool. Just how huge, though, depends on United vs Leicester this evening.

If United’s kids can surprise everyone and get a win, it’ll send Jurgen Klopp’s side into Thursday with real hope of a Champions League place.

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