River Cats named most valuable minor league team by Forbes

River Cats named most valuable minor league team by Forbes
July 20, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Manny Ramirez briefly played for the River Cats in 2012, hitting .302 with a .348 OBP in 69 plate appearances. (AP)

Forbes recently named the top 20 most valuable minor league teams in the country, and the Sacramento River Cats took the top spot.

The River Cats, who are the A's Triple-A affiliate, have an overall team value of $38 million -- $3 million more than the second-place Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

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The River Cats also boast the highest revenue ($14 million) and the highest operating income ($7.1 million) of any team on the list. According to Forbes, the team generates much of its revenue from ticket sales.

"The River Cats command some of MiLB’s highest-priced ticket options," author Chris Smith wrote, "helping them lead all minor league teams in ticket revenue despite attendance being down last year."

Sacramento also makes $750,000 a year due to the naming rights of their home ball park, Raley Field.

This is second year the River Cats -- owned by Susan Savage -- have been No. 1 on Forbes' list. In 2012, the team's overall value was lower ($32 million) than this year, but their revenue and operating income were both higher, at $20 million and $9.7 million, respectively.

The Giants also had their AAA affiliate on the list. The Fresno Grizzlies were tied for 15th with a value of $24 million. Their operating income, though, is the lowest on the list at -$1.6 million.

The River Cats are currently tied for second place in their Pacific Coast League divisional standings with a record of 52-47. The Grizzlies are in the same division (Pacific Southern) as Sacramento and are in last place. Their record is 46-54.

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