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Thursday, March 04, 2004

Richest sports franchise in the World

And its not American.

For the seventh time in a row its Manchester United. This is not terribly surprising when you consider that, at most, American sports clubs generally have continental appeal. Soccer is one of the few truly global sports, and the money market is therefore correspondingly huge.

Of American franchises it is, unsurprisingly, the NY Yankees that come out on top. After all baseball has a wide, though not truly global, appeal. The NFL is, folks like me excepted, really just an American sport. Big in its way, but also really incredibly province. Basketball and Ice hockey, both which also have some wider appeal, are just not rich enough.

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