People all over the world like sports. People like sports so much, in fact, that they’re willing to spend vast amounts of money watching, gambling on, and supporting their personal favorites. As a result of this influx of fiscal activity — and the fact that there will always be a demand for people who are insanely good at athletic feats to do them for the amusement of the rest of us — some of the teams that occupy the highest echelons of the sports kingdom see their worth balloon so vastly that they become, for lack of a better term, behemoth. Ubiquitous. Known across lands far and wide for being good sometimes and always visible.
That’s not to say that some of these teams have a presence that belies their actual results on the fields, pitches, and gridirons, although that can certainly be the case when one or more of these teams are bad. No, it’s more of an insight into which teams resonate the most with fan bases, especially considering the fact that while some of these franchises are undoubtedly global in scope, some of them seem so particularly localized that it’s almost a shock to see them on this list at all.
As this is a worldwide, all-inclusive sports reckoning, these really are the 10 most lucrative sports collectives on the planet. Hat tip to Forbes for the figures.