What would you do with $540 million dollars? If you’re a sports fanatic, you could invest it all into a team franchise from any major sport like MLB, NHL, NFL and the NBA. Half a billion dollars isn’t nearly enough to purchase teams like the L.A. Dodgers, but you could invent a percentage and become a part team owner.
Owning a sports team is one of the top fan’s dreams aside from actually playing and the a win in the Mega Millions lottery could draw you one step closer. The L.A. Dodgers have just come off the market, but there are five other teams that you could potentially purchase if you become the big lottery winner.
Charlotte Bobcats – NBA
The Forbes “Business of Basketball” doesn’t list the Charlotte Bobcats as the cheapest NBA franchise (the Milwaukee Bucks earned that honor), but they have the most future potential with the cheapest bargain.
Valued at $277 million, the Bobcats franchise has struggled since the basketball return to Charlotte, but Kemba Walker and future early draft picks can build this team up over the next five to ten years. Maybe new ownership could push the team past 10 wins in the 2012 – 2013 season.
Tampa Bay Rays – MLB
The family-friendly Devil-less Rays may have clinched a Wildcard spot during the 2011 MLB season, but they still rank 28th in team value at an estimated $331 million. With that kind of price you can purchase a beach-side home, season passes to Disney world and enjoy summers full of baseball.
Once the team gets past key injuries, they have the potential to continue success in the AL East even though their efforts are usually overshadowed by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
St. Louis Rams – NFL
The greatest show on turf is now the greatest bargain in the NFL at $775 million. As Jeff Fisher tries to rebuild the franchise, players like Steven Jackson, Sam Bradford, Steve Smith and the defensive addition of Cortland Finnegan.
The Mega Millions jackpot isn’t enough to purchase the team alone, but maybe former Quarterback Kurt Warner can go halfsies and rebuild his former team to glory.
Phoenix Coyotes – NHL
The desert just isn’t made for ice hockey. The Coyotes franchise has struggled for years and Forbes values it at a paltry $134 million compared to other NHL teams . The bankruptcy issues have affected the team for several years and despite clinching the playoffs in multiple seasons, they have yet to make it past the first round.
New York Islanders – NHL
If the desert setting and bankrupt issues worry you, then head to Big Apple for the NHL’s New York Islanders. Listed at a worth of $149 million, the Islanders are currently in a rebuilding stage that could include a new arena and city.
Lifting them out of last place in the Atlantic Division is the first step to making them relevant in the NHL.
Alan Donahue has written hundreds of sports articles. His favorite sports teams include the L.A Lakers, New York Giants and Colorado Avalanche.
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