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Top 5 sports team purchases; AEG sale could top them all

September 18, 2012|By Ricardo Lopez
  • If the AEG sale goes through, the list price could top that of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which sold for $2 billion. Above, Magic Johnson cheers during a recent game. Johnson and Guggenheim Partners bought the storied baseball franchise this year.
If the AEG sale goes through, the list price could top that of the Los Angeles… (Harry How / Getty Images )

With the announcement late Tuesday that entertainment giant AEG, owner of the Staples Center and Los Angeles Kings, is up for sale, the deal, if it goes through, could be the largest in sports history.

“This will be a massive deal,” said Marc Ganis of Sportscorp. Ltd., a Chicago sports-consulting firm. “Arguably it’ll be the biggest sport-based transaction in history.”

The $2-billion price tag for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year was the largest sports team purchase of all time.

But if the AEG sale goes through, it could dwarf the Dodgers' sale.

According to Forbes, the next biggest deals are as follows:

No. 2 -- Manchester United

In 2005, American businessman Malcolm Glazer, who also owns the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, paid $1.47 billion for the soccer team. 

No. 3 -- Miami Dolphins

In 2008,  American real estate developer Stephen Ross, chief executive of the Real Holdings Companies, a global real estate firm, paid $1.1 billion for 95% of the NFL franchise.

No. 4 -- Jacksonville Jaguars

In 2012, Shahid Kahn, a Pakistani-born American owner of an automobile parts manufacturing firm, purchased the NFL team for $770 million.

No. 5 -- St. Louis Rams

In 2010, sports mogul Stan Kroenke, who owns the Pepsi Center in Denver, paid $750 million for the NFL team, becoming a majority owner.


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Los Angeles Times staff writer Walter Hamilton contributed to this report.

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