June 23, 2009

Scuderia Ferrari is worth more than Formula 1

According to Sports Pro Magazine, Scuderia Ferrari (the F1 team) is the seventh most valuable sports property on the planet behind the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and NASCAR but ahead of Formula 1 and the only team valued more than the league it competes in.

Anyone still have money on Mosley winning the F1 fight by blaming Ferrari?
(via SportsPro magazine)

SportsPro magazine has published the world’s first value ranking of sports properties in its July issue, out now.

Unsurprisingly, the National Football League (NFL) is ranked as the world’s most valuable sports property, with a value of US$4.5 billion. It is followed at the top of the table by three other American properties – Major League Baseball (MLB) (US$3.9 billion), the NBA (US$3.35 billion) and Nascar (US$1.9 billion).

The newest property in the list is the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is valued at US$1.6 billion - a staggering achievement for a two-year-old property.

The highest ranked European team property is the Ferrari Formula One team (7th) at a value of US$1.55 billion, followed by Manchester United Football Club (8th) at US$1.495 billion. The most valuable American sports club is the Dallas Cowboys (10th), with the NFL team valued at US$1.278 billion.

Tiger Woods (11th) is the highest rated athlete property with a value of US$1.25 billion, followed by Jack Nicklaus (16th) at US$1 billion. Golfers dominate the athletes’ table because of the high earnings from designing golf courses; Tiger Woods is expected to earn over a billion dollars from designing courses in the next decade and will almost certainly eclipse his on-course earnings. David and Victoria’s Beckham Brand Ltd property (88th) is valued at US$375 million.

Many single annual events appear, led by the Wimbledon tennis championships (22nd) valued at US$900 million.

Unsurprisingly, the most valuable competition is the Fifa World Cup (5th) valued at US$1.7 billion, ahead of the Summer Olympic Games (15th) at US$1.04 billion. The Uefa Champions League (13th) is valued at US$1.1 billion, eclipsing the Summer Olympics due to its annual status.


  1. The real question is: Will the teams stick to forming a new series despite Ecclestone wanting to open dialog and hash this out, and drop the two tier regulations?

    Jeez, this sounds like something that happened when I broke up with a girlfriend, ridiculous.

  2. Did you read about Mosley now wanting to be RE-ELECTED at tomorrow's FIA World Council meeting ?????

    Like I mentioned, he's digging in his nails.... deeply

  3. I have to believe that Mosley will finally be pushed out the door, that Bernie will see the writing on the wall and that the running of the sport will become about the sport not the ego-mania.

    Of course, I'm probably delusional.


  4. Seems to me that at some point soon, Bernie will have to decide: Do I love money more or some dude that loves Nazi hookers?

    My guess is the former - Mosley can and will ultimately cost Bernie a fortune with his continued power trip with the ever changing rules. The breakup of Mosley and Ecclestone, without a doubt, could be the best thing that's happened to F1 in decades.


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