In professional sports, the days of playing for pennies are a thing of the past. It’s been that way for a while, but thanks to the obscenely large contracts being thrown around, we’re reminded of this fact on what seems like a regular basis. And when it comes to the NBA, given what we now know, we don’t expect this to change anytime soon.
The NBA is flush with cash. Lucrative television deals, a plethora of revenue-generating opportunities, and an expanding international audience enables those involved in the league to reap serious rewards. But individuals aren’t the only ones profiting; teams as a whole are rolling in benjamins.
According to Forbes, the average NBA franchise is now worth a whopping $1.36 billion. Yes, you read that right; that’s billion with a “b.” Of course, if you think that’s crazy, just wait until you see what the teams at the top of the mountain are worth. Using the operating income and revenue from the 2015–16 season, here’s a look at the 10 most valuable NBA teams in 2017.