Rounding out the top five most valuable are the Boston Red Sox ($2.7 billion), the Chicago Cubs ($2.675 billion) and the San Francisco Giants ($2.65 billion).
Even amid four consecutive losing seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies' franchise is gaining value. For example, the St. Louis Cardinals have a $1 billion TV deal about to start next year through 2032 with FOX Sports Midwest.
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The Bulldogs' Zach Collins - the hero of a Final Four win over SC - fouled out with 5:03 to go after playing only 14 minutes. Gonzaga fouled Berry, who made one of two free throws with seven seconds left for the Tar Heels last points of the night.
New York Yankees' Starlin Castro, right, celebrates his two-run homer with Chase Headley during the eighth inning of the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium, Monday, April 10, 2017, in New York. Five of the seven teams who earned more revenue a year ago than the Phillies made the playoffs.
Felix Hernandez makes the most at $26,857,142. John S. Middleton, who owns just under a majority of the team, is one of the five richest people in the state of Pennsylvania.
Notably, the Phillies led Major League Baseball in operating income with a surplus of $87.7 million. He's taken a more hands-on approach with the team in recent years, including putting president Andy MacPhail in place and allowing the team's analytics staff, which works under MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak, to expand rapidly. The M's are spending $154.2 million on this squad's salaries. The team will likely also get a larger payout from their television deal later in the decade as well.