Bay Area franchises crack Forbes' list

Bay Area franchises crack Forbes' list
July 16, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Only a million dollars separates the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco Giants, according to Forbes. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Three Bay Area professional sports franchises cracked the Top 50 on Forbes' annual list of the world's most valuable teams.

Mark Davis' Oakland Raiders round out the list at No. 50 with a value of $785 million. Forbes cites "an antiquated stadium" as a reason for the Raiders receiving the lowest stadium revenues in the NFL at "roughly $50 million."

The San Francisco Giants, winners of two World Series titles in the last three seasons, rank just ahead of the Raiders at No. 49 and $786 million. According to Forbes, "the value of the Giants is up 63% over the past three years" under an ownership partnership led by Charles Johnson.

John and Denise Debartolo York's San Francisco 49ers come in at No. 17 on the list with a value of $1.175 billion. Forbes' cites the new stadium in Santa Clara and the 20-year, $220 million naming rights deal with Levi Strauss as factors in the franchise's increasing value. 

Are you surprised that the San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors or Oakland A's didn't make the cut? Do you think any of the three teams that made the Top 50 are due for a drastic rise or fall in the next year?