Dec 08 2011
This was a post that was featured on one of our sister sites Unathleticmag. It was written by Norty and he deserves credit which is why we’re posting it on here.
As you all might know, the Green Bay Packers sold stock to the public for the fifth time in their 92-year history. The stock gives fans the opportunity to own a piece of the defending champions, undefeated through 12 games this season, but is unlike traditional U.S. common stocks. Ownership in the Packers confers voting rights, but the shares offer no dividend, no chance for appreciation, practically no transfer rights and not even a shot at a highly prized season ticket.
Anyway, let’s say you could actually benefit from being an “owner” of a particular team. If that was the case, and all teams offered stock, here’s who we would buy…
The New England Patriots
This is an easy buy. Tom Brady still has some good years with Belichick, and it doesn’t hurt the Pats are Top 5 in terms of richest professional sports teams in the world. If you look at past decade, what team has been stronger in the NFL? No one. The Patriots may not win the Super Bowl this year, but they are in the playoffs every year. Plus, it’s hard to not be seduced by Gronkowski.
The New York Yankees
I wasn’t totally psyched about putting the the Yanks on this list. It’s just too hard to deny the fact that they’re the 4th wealthiest sports franchise on the planet, and they do make the playoffs every year. Here’s the deal with the Yankees if you’re buying stock.. Buy, but don’t hold. The team is getting older every year, and they are going to run into some non-playoff years very shortly.
Here’s why you buy Barcelona over the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich (3 teams worth more than them). Barcelona is on the rise. They are the best club team in the world. They are coming off an impressive double, winning their 21st La Liga Title and the 2011 Champions League. You could say Barca’s stock headed up quicker than any other team. They’re a good buy.
Here’s my controversial pick! Remember, part of investing is risk.. I’m going with the Texans at number 2. Why? First, there is some safety considering the Texans are the 10th richest professional franchise in the world. Plus, they have the most lucrative Naming Rights deal, and they sell out every weekend. Why the gamble? Well, I love what the Texans are doing DESPITE all the injuries they’ve faced this year. I fully expect this team to start a playoff run of several years now that the Colts are donezo. They have a great core of young players. The Texans are moderate risk, high reward play.
When investing one’s money it’s important to look for consistency. Look no further than Manchester United. In professional sports, there is no team closer to a sure thing than Manchester United. They’re always going to be a top the Premier League, they’re always going to make a deep run in the Champions League, and it doesn’t hurt that they are the richest futbol club/professional sports team in the world valued at $1.9 billion. This is a dream investment. I’m buying.
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