Introducing the Sports Team Investment Database


Investor interest has been sustained across the major sports leagues for many years, with professional teams deemed attractive investment propositions even in uncertain economic times due to rising media rights values, loyal fanbases, and sheer scarcity.

Recent years have seen all types of investors get in on the act – from high net-worth individuals and wealthy families to multi-club ownership groups and consortiums, private equity funds and state-owned investment vehicles. Indeed, investment activity has ramped up as sports teams have become increasingly sought-after properties, meaning it can be difficult to keep track of who or where the money is coming from.

That’s why SportsPro has teamed up with The Ledge Company, a New York-based financial advisory, to present this comprehensive database of all team takeovers and minority investments across many of the leading sports leagues. Dating back to 2010, the database aggregates publicly available information relating to the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS, the Premier League, EFL Championship, Serie A, Serie B and Ligue 1.

New investments will be added over time, as and when they are confirmed. For now, the database enables users to quickly and easily search and filter investments by entity, investor, league, sport, country and year, providing access to information on more than 180 deals from the past 14 years.

Database overview

1. This database encompasses acquisitions and minority investments in professional sports teams through publicly available information from 2010 through to the present day.
2. The information does not include transfers of ownership between related parties (e.g. individual to their holding company, parent to child, etc)
3. Buyer/Investory Class Groups are: Companies, Individuals, Private Equity, Groups, Family and State-Owned.
4. Dates are based on the year that the closure of the transaction was publicly revealed.
5. Financial figures have been converted to USD based on a best estimate of exchange rate at the time of public knowledge.
6. Financial information is inclusive of debt and exclusive of ancillary assets (such as stadia) wherever possible.

About The Ledge Company

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