How valuable are the Timbers compared to their MLS counterparts?

Forbes list ranks Portland’s men’s soccer team as the fourth-most valuable in the league.

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Forbes list ranks the Portland’s men’s soccer team as the fourth-most valuable in Major League Soccer in 2014.

The Timbers dropped a spot from the 2013 ranking.

The publication says the team had a value of $185 million with an operating income of $4 million. In 2013, Portland was valued at $141 million with an operating income of $9.4 million.

The rankings reflect increasing revenues for the entire league.

We painted a rosy picture in those 2013 valuations, in which the average team was worth $103 million, nearly triple what the typical MLS team was worth five years previously. Yet detractors could still point to some disconcerting signs. The league was on a set of TV deals with ESPN, NBC and Univision that paid just $30 million per year on average. And in 2014 MLS bought back and eventually folded Chivas USA, marking the first time an MLS franchise had gone under in more than a decade.

Yet both potential dilemmas were quickly overcome. Even our bullish predictions that then-ongoing TV contract negotiations would result in the league’s rights fee more than doubling came up short: The league is now in the first season of its new eight-year deals with Fox, ESPN and Univision, which pay a combined $90 million per year on average, triple the old payout.

(SOURCE: Forbes)

The top-10 MLS teams in value:

  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. LA Galaxy
  3. Houston Dynamo
  4. Portland Timbers
  5. Toronto FC
  6. Sporting Kansas City
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. New England Revolution
  9. FC Dallas
  10. San Jose Earthquakes

Note that only eight teams had a net-positive operating income.


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