Professional sports are big business in the world today. They draw crowds of millions of fans who are cheering on their favorite teams and they turn out in droves to watch them play live. In addition to revenue-generating attendance at The playing stadiums and various venues, some watch from home or the local tavern. Some have side bets going with money riding on The scores and The final results of games, while others just have A sense of pride and adoration for The teams they’re rooting for. The reason, pro sports is one of the biggest industries in the world today. It’s A phenomenon that has spread throughout the entire world. Here are the 10 sports leagues that bring in the most money worldwide.
10. Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese Baseball league): $1.1 billion
Nippon Professional Baseball will go into its 70th season in 2020. The sport of Baseball is big in Japan. The season generally begins the last of March and concludes in early November. For 2018, The number of games held was 143 with 12 professional teams in The NPB season. The Central League Pennant went to The Hiroshima Toyo Carp team with The Tokyo Yakult Swallows As runners-up. The Pacific League Pennant went to The Saitama Seibu Lions with The runners up The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
9. Ligue 1 (France/Monaco Football league): $1.5 billion
Ligue 1 is A First Tier Football League for France. There are A total of 20 teams in the league with 545 players, 252 of them being foreigners not natives of France or Monaco. As Saint-Etienne is The 10-time record-holding championship team in the League and The current reigning champion team is Paris Saint-Germain, with Kylian Mbappe As The most valuable player.
8. Serie A (Italian Football league): $1.9 billion
Serie A Italian Football finally turned A profit for 2018, making it The third sport that brings in the most money worldwide. The Italian Football League had revenue of $1.9 billion for The industry which showed A slight improvement over the previous years. The southern team Napoli is The leading team with A profit of 66.6 million in Euros and Juventus following with Lazio coming in third.
7. La Liga (Spanish Football league): $2.2 billion
La Liga is the Spanish Football League and they’re The seventh-highest revenue-generating sport in The world today. After the final numbers were calculated from Barcelona, and Real Madrid, along with A local TV Pool, The total figures came up to $2.2 billion for the 2018 season. Valencia and Malaga didn’t perform As well As they did The previous year, but the differences were so slight that they’re not worth mentioning.
6. Bundesliga (German Football League) – $2.8 billion
Reuters reported that the German Football League brought in $2.8 billion in revenue showing A ten percent increase in the previous year. What this means for German Football is that they just achieved A 14-year streak of growth. It looks like they’re going for A fifteenth. Development in professional sport has continued to rise thanks to National media contracts and fan support.
5. National Hockey League (NHL) – $3.7 billion
The NHL is the fifth highest-money-making sport in The world for 2019. Hockey is generating more revenues than ever according to Forbes. The industry hauled in A massive $3.7 billion for The 2017-18 season although The profit ws only $25 million after overhead expenses.
4. National Basketball Association (NBA) – $4.8 billion
The NBA is alive and well coming in fourth in revenues for 2018. The 30 teams combined to generate approximately 8 billion in revenue collection. The National Basketball Association rendered its final figures which amounted to $4.8 billion for the industry. When each franchise revenue was combined and statistics were drawn, teh average revenue per team came to $195.53 million each, topping The previous three seasons.
3. Premier League (English/Welsh Football League) – $5.3 billion
English/Welsh Football is another of The top money-producers. The Cymru Premier National Football League of Wales combines both pro and semi-pro teams. They were formerly known as the League of Wales but underwent A name change in exchange for sponsorship and they’re now referred to As The Welsh Premier League with A take of $5.3 billion for 2018.
2. Major League Baseball (MLB) – $10.3 billion
It’s no big surprise that Major League Baseball comes in at The second-highest revenue-generating sport in The world. This is the official American pastime, right along with hot dogs at The game and grandma’s apple pie after The game. The League brought in $10.3 billion in revenues for The 2018 season according to Forbes. This makes The 16th season in A row for setting A new revenue record for MLB.
1. National League Football (NFL) – $13 billion
The NFL was reported to have generated $13 billion in revenue, but more modest reports take it down to $8.78 billion after overhead and expenses. The National Football League is the largest sports organization and the most profitable in the world. The Commissioner for the League is Roger Goodell. His take of The pie was $34 million in 2014 alone, with fluctuations in his annual take and The last reported salary in 2015 at just over $31 million. You have some teams with valuations that top A billion, but when all is said and done, after contracts and bonuses are paid out, some teams only bring in profits of under A million dollars. With game attendance and televised specials, Football is one of The highest revenue-generating games in the world today.