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The Warriors are worth an estimated $4.3 billion, according to Forbes, with $440 million in revenue in the 12 months prior to February 2020. Golden State is one of just three teams to draw a valuation of at least $4 billion in Forbes’ rankings.
Majority owner Joe Lacob’s franchise booked $440 million in revenue over the last year, second most in the NBA. The Warriors’ new arena, the Chase Center, is the centerpiece of the team’s empire, securing $2 billion in income before it even opened its doors last September.
Another losing team, the New York Knicks, ranked first among NBA franchises with a $4.6 billion valuation. The Los Angeles Lakers ranked second at $4.4 billion.
The three franchises are in elite company in U.S. sports, where few franchises are estimated to be worth more than $4 billion.
The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable U.S. sports team, with an estimated worth of $5.5 billion. The New England Patriots are valued at an estimated $4.1 billion.
Average NBA franchise valuations rose 14 percent to $2.12 billion over the last year.