The Billionaire Club Bosses

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Billionaires are buying sports clubs all over the world. According to a report by UBS and PwC, more than 140 top sports clubs are owned by just 109 billionaires. Sixty of those super-rich club owners are from the U.S., 29 from Asia and 20 from Europe. The average age of the wealthy sports baron is 68 years, with an average wealth of $5 billion under their wings.

In the U.S., more than two thirds of the NBA and NFL teams, and half of the MLB teams, are owned by billionaires. In the UK, almost half (9 out of 20) Premier League soccer clubs are governed by billionaires, the report states. While Chinese tycoons were erstwhile investing a lot in European soccer, they have now turned to their own market, investing heavily in China itself.

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Which Sports League Sees the Most Action on Instagram?

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the major sports league with most action on Instagram. According to data provided by InfluencerDB, the number of hashtags #NBA peaked at around 27.9k in June when the Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.

Even the National Football League (NFL) couldn’t beat this, accumulating 16.7k #NFL hashtags with the final games having been played in January 2017. The monthly count for September is slightly higher, standing at 17.5k. Maybe #NBA beats #NFL because the audience is sitting closer to the action during the games and smartphone photos yield better results that way.

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The Most Popular Spectator Sports Worldwide

Have you ever wondered about the most popular sports worldwide? Precise data on the most popular spectator sport in every single country across the world is very difficult to come by but one user on Reddit made an interesting map with a global breakdown. Soccer is dominant almost everywhere with India, Pakisan and Bangladesh a cricket stronghold. In North America, the U.S. loves American football while their Canadian neighbors are big ice-hockey fans.

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The World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams 2017

The latest Forbes ranking has the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable sports team in the world for the second year in a row with $4.2 billion. In fact, the NFL is the most profitable league on the planet. The average team enjoys an operating profit of $91 million, while no franchise earned less than $26 million.

Despite underperforming since the departure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, Manchester United remains a financial powerhouse, claiming third place in the ranking and the most valuable soccer team at $3.69 billion.

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Premium Seats at Premium Events = Premium Prices

When Super Bowl LI kicks off on Sunday, only a small fraction of those who are going to be watching will be so lucky as to be inside the NRG Stadium in Houston. With secondary market ticket prices starting at around $2,000, attending the game is not exactly a cheap affair. But make no mistake, it doesn’t take the secondary market to spend this kind of money to attend a sporting event.

As our chart illustrates, premium tickets for premium sporting events easily break an average fan’s annual ticket budget. According to Statista’s Digital Market Outlook, an average attendee of sporting events in the United States, one who ordered at least one ticket online, spent an average of $224 on online ticket purchases in 2016.

To find out more about the growing online ticketing, please refer to our complimentary market report “eServices: Event Tickets”.

This chart compares ticket prices for major sporting events to an average fan’s annual budget for online ticket purchases.

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