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Forbes valued the Barclays Premier League champion at US$2.235 billion, a 20% increase on last year. United has topped the list since it first began in 2004 and its global fan base of some 330 million grants it the title of sport’s most valuable team, $385 million ahead of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys.
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Nike ranked first in Forbes list of the most valuable sports business brands. Nike was followed in the top-five by ESPN, Adidas, Sky Sports and Gatorade. Reebok and Under Armour also made the top-ten list.
Yesterday, Soccerlens published a very interesting analysis on the 10 football fans communities online. Soccerlens used Facebook as to measure the football online community. The results are quite surprising as Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are respectively ranked 2nd and 4th.