The Washington, D.C. based United soccer club may be up for sale and if a deal goes through, it will be the most anyone has ever paid for an MLS franchise. With the new stadium and team debt included, the franchise has an enterprise value pushing $500 million. It’s been reported the team has reached out to several prominent D.C. based investors including, Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, to gauge their interest. It is worth noting that league expansion fees continue to rise (currently at $150 million, expected to reach $200 million) and Forbes estimated last fall that the average MLS franchise value was up 18% from 2015.
Howie Long-Short: $500 Million for an MLS franchise sounds like a lot, but it sounded like a lot when Joe Lacob & Peter Guber paid an NBA record $450 million for the Warriors, back in 2010. The franchise is worth $2.6 billion today.
Fan Marino: D.C. United is the Green Bay Packers of MLS. Early domination (4 championships in 10 years) and then nothing for what seems like an eternity.