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Franchise Sale Prices: Soccer

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Major League Soccer (1996-Present)

Expansion fees:

  • 1997 – Chicago Fire – $5.0 million (Anschutz Entertainment Group)
  • 1997 – Miami Fusion – $20.0 million (Kenneth Horowitz)
  • 2004 – Chivas USA – $10.0 million (Jorge Vergara)*
    *Plus a reported $15 million fee to Anschutz Entertainment to enter the Los Angeles market already occupied by AEG’s Los Angeles Galaxy club
  • 2004 – Real Salt Lake – $10.0 million (David Checketts)
  • 2007 – Seattle Sounders – $30.0 million (Joe Roth, Paul Allen, Adrian Hanauer, Drew Carey)
  • 2008 – Philadelphia Union – $30.0 million (Jay Sugarman et al.)
  • 2009 – Portland Timbers – $35.0 million (Merritt Paulson)
  • 2009 – Vancouver Whitecaps – $35.0 million (Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, Steve Nash)
  • 2010 – Montreal Impact – $40.0 million (Joey Saputo, et al.)

Sales of existing franchises:

  • 1998 – Los Angeles Galaxy – $26.0 million (MLS to Anschutz Entertainment Group)

North American Soccer League (1968-1984)

Expansion fees:

  • 1977 – Caribous of Colorado – $1.0 million (Booth Gardner and James Guercio)

Sales of existing franchises:

  • 1975 – Washington Diplomats – $650,000 (Jim Karvellas et al. to Joseph Danzansky)
  • 1979 – Toronto Metros-Croatia – $1.6 million (Pro Soccer, Ltd. to Global Sports Enterprises, Ltd.)

Women’s United Soccer Association (2001-2003)

Original Franchises:

  • Atlanta Beat – $5.0 million (Cox Enterprises)
  • Bay Area CyberRays – $5.0 million (John Hendricks & Amos Hostetter)
  • Boston Breakers – $5.0 million (Amos Hostetter)
  • New York Power – $5.0 million (Time-Warner Cable)
  • Philadelphia Charge – $5.0 million (Comcast Corp.)
  • San Diego Spirit – $5.0 million (Cox Communications)
  • Tampa-Orlando (relocated to Carolina Courage) – $5.0 million (Time-Warner Cable)
  • Washington Freedom – $5.0 million (John Hendricks & Comcast Corp.)

Women’s Professional Soccer (2009-Present)

Original Franchise Fees:

  • Boston Breakers – $470,000 + $250,000 performance bond (Gary Loveman, et al.)
  • Chicago Red Stars – $470,000 + $250,000 performance bond
  • Los Angeles Sol – $470,000 + $250,000 performance bond (Anschutz Entertainment Group)
  • Sky Blue FC – $470,000 + $250,000 performance bond (Philip D. Murphy, Thomas Hofstetter, et al.)
  • St. Louis Athletica – $470,000 + $250,000 performance bond (Jeff Cooper)
  • Washington Freedom – $470,000 + $250,000 performance bond (John & Maureen Hendricks)

Expansion Fees:

  • 2009 – Atlanta Beat – $750,000 + $250,000 performance bond (T. Fitz Johnson)
  • 2009 – Philadelphia Independence – $750,000 + $250,000 performance bond (David Halstead)
  • 2010 – Western New York Flash – $750,000 + $250K league sponsorship + $250K bond (Joe Sahlen)

Sale of existing franchises:

  • 2010 – Washington Freedom – $0 (John & Maureen Hendricks to Dan Borislow)

American Soccer League II & American Professional Soccer League (1988-1996)

Original franchises:

  • 1987 – Boston Bolts – $10,000 (Alan Suvalle & Sid Mazzola)

Major Indoor Soccer League (1978-1992)

Sales of existing franchises:

  • 1983 – New Jersey Rockets (defunct/bankrupt) – $500,000 (Meadowlands Soccer, Inc. to Donald Carter)
  • 1983 – Phoenix Inferno (bankrupt) – $175,000 (Irv Berger et al. to Bruce Merrill)
  • 1984 – Baltimore Blast – $2.9 million (Bernie Rodin to Nathan Scherr)
  • 1989 – Baltimore Blast – $700,000 (Nathan Scherr to Edwin Hale)
  • 1989 – Dallas Sidekicks (bankrupt) – $1.2 million (Stan Finney et al. to David Paschal)

Continental Indoor Soccer League (1993-1997)

Expansion fees:

  • 1993 – Washington Warthogs – $150,000 (Abe Pollin)


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Written by andycrossley

May 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

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  1. So I did this:

    https://soccer.fakesigi.com/major_league_soccer_expansion_fee_revenue_sum_sale.html

    Which more or less lines up with what you have, with a few exceptions. I’m curious as to your sources for Miami, Chivas’s fee to AEG, and the LA Galaxy sale.

    -FS

    Fake Sigi

    October 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm


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