Also read | NBA salary cap to take a $3M to $12M hit due to COVID-19, cap could remain at $109M, Sources: The NBA bubble in Orlando recouped $1.5B in revenue that would've been lost without restarting the season. Dropping to that level would have put almost every team into severe luxury tax territory, and it would have left very little available money for this offseason's free agents. Per reports, $800 million was lost due to fans not being able to attend, while $400 million was lost as a result of sponsorships and merchandise being affected. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Salaries converted using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board. The New York Knicks remain in the top spot for the fourth consecutive year. The NBA is anxious to get its calendar back on track for the start of the 2021-22 season, and delaying the start of the 2020-21 season until mid-January would make it difficult to do that. Rounding out the top five are the Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion) and Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion). Methodology: Revenues and operating income are for the 2017-18 season and net of revenue sharing and arena debt service. The balance of the finances included an $800 million loss in gate receipts and a $400 million loss in sponsorships and merchandise, sources said. 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In this section, you’ll find the latest Forbes press releases and news announcements. The NBA was inevitably affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The top five teams in the NBA are worth a combined $16.9 billion. While the 2019-20 loss in revenue looks manageable, the league could be looking at a 40% loss in revenue (approximately $4 billion), if the 2020-21 season continues without fans. The NBA is open to the idea of regional pods and intraconference scheduling to lessen team travel and exposure to the coronavirus, sources said. Also read | NBA aims to start the NBA 2020-21 season before Christmas; wrap it up before the '21 Olympics. The NBA is pushing to reach an agreement with the National Basketball Players Association for a Dec. 22 start to the season and a 72-game regular season -- with a play-in tournament for the playoffs -- that would allow the league to finish its season before the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, sources said. Taking a steep percentage this season -- and returning to the normal 10% escrow system in 2021-22 -- could disadvantage one subset of players compared to spreading the hit over multiple years. The season could also start from December 22, which could end up affecting players' schedules and the All-Star Game. LAK: The currency abbreviation or currency symbol for the Lao kip (LAK), the currency of Laos. Four teams, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls earned more than $100 million. The NBA bubble in Orlando recouped $1.5 billion in revenue that would've been lost without restarting the season, sources said. The NBA is considered various options to lessen the travel schedule, and maybe having fans attend games at home arenas. While NBA commissioner Adam Silver had spoken about wanting to have fans attend the games, the scenario seems unlikely as of now. The team is worth $1.28 billion, down 4% from last year. If it dips, teams could face a hefty luxury tax and less money to spend during free agency. Furthermore, the league also faced a major dip in NBA ratings, which did not increase even during the NBA Finals. Expenses for the bubble were $190 million -- $10 million more than originally estimated, sources said. Team values are enterprise values (equity plus net debt) of team based on current arena deal (unless new arena pending). While the 2019-20 loss in revenue looks manageable, the league could be looking at a 40% loss in revenue (approximately $4 billion), if the 2020-21 season continues without fans. For that matter, some teams make a year-over-year profit; others—nine, according to a 2017 ESPN report—operate at a loss even after revenue sharing payments. The NBA is reporting $8.3 billion in revenue for the 2019-20 season — a 10% drop. A flat tax would only benefit the teams with cap space. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. They played games at the NBA bubble in Orlando, where no fans were allowed to attend the games as a safety protocol. - $800M loss in gate receipts Operating income is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. NEW YORK (February 6, 2019) – Forbes today announced its annual valuations of the National Basketball Association’s 30 teams. The average NBA team is worth $1.9 billion, up 13% over last year, and three times the amount from five years ago. If the tax stays flat at $132.7M, FA and the trade market essentially will become frozen. All things considered, that’s not terrible. The 2019-20 season losses are slight in comparison to what awaits the NBA in 2020-21 if the season advances without fans and accompanying gate-night receipts, the league told teams -- a projected 40% loss in overall revenue, or approximately $4 billion. Additionally, the Orlando bubble saw $190 million being spent, which was $10 million than what was calculated. Had the league and players' union followed the normal formula to determine this season's salary cap -- linking it to overall league revenue -- sources told ESPN that it would have fallen to around $90 million -- down from about $109 million in 2019-20. The "net negative impact" from their China partnership was said to be $200 million. 25) is the only franchise to lose money on an operating basis and decrease in value. The kip is made up of 100 att, and is often presented with the symbol (__). While the season was completed without any player testing positive for COVID-19, reports revealed that the NBA revenue has suffered a 10% hit, falling to $8.3 billion. Everything and anything you need to know about Forbes, the global media brand that celebrates entrepreneurial capitalism. Also read | LeBron James, other star players think December 22 tip-off for NBA 2020-21 season is too soon. The NBA's losses included $200 million in deemed "net negative impact" from a monthslong splintering of a partnership with China in the aftermath of the Daryl Morey tweet promoting Hong Kong freedom a year ago, sources said. The Knicks are reaping the rewards of a $1 billion renovation to Madison Square Garden, completed in 2013, that has since produced a series of new revenue streams. Total NBA revenue hit $8 billion last season. The NBA's revenue dropped 10% to $8.3 billion for the 2019-20 season amid losses because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to financial numbers shared with teams and obtained by … Each NBA team received more than $110 million last season from equally-shared revenue like national media, sponsorships, licensing and international streams. The union is having its own internal discussion with its membership about what kind of escrow system is fairest to the full body of players. 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