The Red Devils hold onto their spot as most valuable sports team
Forbes is out with their 2012 top 50 most valuable sports teams and Arsenal is in the top 10 in tenth place. This is three places lower than in the 2011 list. Man Utd retains first followed by Real Madrid. Barcelona climbed 18 spots to rank eighth. The list is dominated by the NFL with all thirty two teams making it to the top 50.
1. Manchester United ($2.23 billion)
2. Real Madrid ($1.88 billion)
3. New York Yankees ($1.85 billion)
4. Dallas Cowboys ($1.85 billion)
5. Washington Redskins ($1.56 billion)
6. Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion)
6. New England Patriots ($1.4 billion)
8. Barcelona ($1.31 billion)
9. New York Giants ($1.3 billion)
10.Arsenal ($1.29 billion)
In Arsenal's case match day receipts count for a bulk of their sales with the most expensive tickets in the league, the top end which got a lot costlier. Their commercial revenue stream remains a work in progress compared to Utd, Real Madrid, Bayern, Barcelona, and Liverpool. With their talismans departing or on the verge of departure, it can't be made easier. Utd is the commercial juggernaut chalking up multi-million dollar deals with AON, Nike, and DHL Express over the past year. Other soccer teams making the list at Bayern (#11, 1.23 billion), AC Milan (#27, 989 million), and Chelsea (#45, 761 million).