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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 3:20 pm  |  17 responses

Los Angeles Lakers: The NBA’s Most Valuable Franchise


Move over New York Knickerbockers, it’s the Lakers’ turn to sit atop the list of the most valuable franchises in the NBA. According to Forbes: “Blockbuster television deals and a new collective bargaining agreement have lifted the value of the average NBA team to a record $393 million, up 6.5% over last year. No team has benefited more from the explosion in TV money than the Los Angeles Lakers, who have unseated the New York Knicks as the league’s most valuable franchise. The Lakers struck gold last year with a new 20-year television deal with Time Warner Cable worth an average of $200 million annually beginning with the 2012–13 season. The agreement drives the value of the Lakers up an NBA-high 40% to $900 million. Time Warner will create two new regional sports channels to feature the Lakers, one in English and one in Spanish. The Lakers have by far the biggest TV audience of any NBA club, averaging 271,000 households on Fox Sports West last season, which was 73% higher than the next-most-watched team, the Chicago Bulls. The NBA’s TV ratings soared nationally and locally last year, jumping more than 50% on regional sports networks for at least eight teams. TNT and Walt Disney‘s ESPN/ABC pay $930 million a year on average for rights to NBA games nationally. All three benefited from the hype surrounding LeBron James’ move to the Miami Heat, with ratings up 45% for games on TNT, 30% on ABC and 29% on ESPN. In an increasingly DVR-saturated environment, media companies will pay up for sports — it’s one of the few programming options left that guarantee a large number of eyeballs for advertisers.”

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  • bernie

    I was a Lakers fan all my life… but atm I really afraid what might be in 2 years from now.

  • JML-G

    inb4Heatleswinchipandtakesthisspot

  • jayrose

    Bulls all the way for me

  • robb

    MVF MVF!!!

  • LAKERSLEGEND

    Lakers Most Valuable Franchise? thats a given

  • dazzy

    ^^No it’s not. This is the first time in a couple of years they’ve had that title. It’s only because of the tv deal. Just sayin’.

  • charliewinning

    The Heat will never have this title because they don’t have that cult following like the Knicks or Lakers. The two teams sell out no matter how they perform. Heat fans are mainly bandwagoners.

  • charliewinning

    Shocked that the Knicks lost the title, though the TV deal for the Lakers explains why.

  • Bravo

    Yup my lakers are gonna be going down hill the next two seasons very sad to say

  • robb

    ^^^^^
    Not if they get Dwight and Deron ;P

  • Mariano

    @charliewinning Really? The Lakers have more bandwagon fans

  • ripslam

    Even if the Heat win 3 titles in a row, they will never have the selling power and panache of the Lakers or Knicks. The Heat didn’t even fill as many seats as the Cavs last season.

  • Red

    Bulls will eventually take over

  • Blasphemy

    Wilt. Kareem. Kobe. Magic. Jerry. Shaq. Worthy. Elgin and countless others. Outside of the Celtics and Knicks, there isn’t another team in the NBA that has had that much talent and history. Without a doubt there the most valuable.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    History isn’t the key factor here. It’s how well you can reach that TV audience; that’s where the money is and why the Lakers made a massive leap in value. The LA/San Diego area has a HUGE population that watches basketball, especially given the dearth of an NFL team. Miami will never come close simply because that market is about an 8th the size of the San Angeles area. Also why the Knicks retained their title as most valuable team in the early part of this millennium. It’s all in the media market.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    I got dizzy after reading that, too many numbers and “%”. I think there’s a secret code lying beneath that story…lol.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Marcelus Wallace

    Don’t forget that the Lakers have been to half of the total of NBA Finals in it’s history. Think about that.

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