Only two sports leagues exist where their average club’s Enterprise Value to Revenue Multiple is greater than 10x. On December 9th, both leagues called a wrap on innovative competition formats that were firsts of their kind in their respective sports.
The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA’s In-Season Tournament. The Columbus Crew won the expanded MLS Cup Playoffs format.
Both formats – initially met with skepticism – ultimately delivered for their ecosystems.
- The IST increased interest in the NBA by 29% YoY, contrasted against a -38% drop during the same period from 2021-2022. Worldwide interest followed similar trends.
- The 2023 Playoffs maintained weekly domestic and global interest in MLS as in 2022, while increasing attendance by 14% and aggregate attendance by 250%.
Sports properties are the centrepiece of a modern world dominated by attention and experiential economies. Leagues innovating their sporting products are creating real value that can be directly and indirectly monetized.