Yanks Beat Sox In Money Race

NEW YORK (AP) _ Forbes’ annual report finds the average value of
Major League Baseball teams has increased 16 percent from last year
to an all-time high of $605 million.

The New York Yankees, worth $1.85 billion, lead the way for the
15th straight year since Forbes began valuing franchises in 1998.

Only two teams’ values didn’t increase: the New York Mets and
the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were second at $1.4 billion _ an
increase of 75 percent over last year _ in the report released
Wednesday. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia
Phillies round out the top five.

The Mets lost 4 percent of their value amid legal and debt
problems but are still sixth on the list at $719 million.


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