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Forbes: NBA Franchises Worth $1.25 Billion on Average

According to Forbes, NBA franchises are worth $1.25 billion on average. The Knicks who landed a big cable deal last season and have the most expensive tickets in the league are worth an NBA-high $3 billion.

The Lakers, who lost their top spot to the Knicks this year, are valued at $2.7 billion. The Bulls, Celtics and Clippers round out the top five most valuable teams in the league. Via Forbes:

The result: The average NBA franchise is now worth $1.25 billion, up 13% over last year on the heels of a 74% gain the previous year after the national media deals were completed.

The New York Knicks reclaim the top spot from the Los Angeles Lakers after a one-year hiatus, thanks to a new cable deal and the highest premium-seating revenue in the league at almost $90 million. The split of the media and sports assets of Madison Square Garden Company in September precipitated a new media rights deal for the Knicks with the MSG regional sports network. The 20-year pact kicks off this season and is worth $100 million in the first year. We value the Knicks at $3 billion, up 20% and fourth most among U.S. sports franchises behind only the Dallas Cowboys ($4 billion), New England Patriots ($3.2 billion) and New York Yankees ($3.2 billion).

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2.3 billion), Boston Celtics ($2.1 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($2 billion). Thirteen teams are worth at least $1 billion, up from just three two years ago.

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