What a difference a few years makes. Not only has Major League Soccer grown over the last few years in terms of attendance, teams, and revenue but now it appears that most teams are starting to become valuable in the process.
Forbes.com has released list of how valuable each MLS club, their first is since 2008, and FC Dallas is now valued at just a shade under $100 million ($97 million to be exact). Out of the 19 current clubs, that value places Dallas at number nine in the league in terms of total value.
Forbes does not disclose much publicly about how it reached its figures, except to say that "operating income is team earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization," and that "valuations are based on multiples of revenue, using recent transactions as a guide."
According to the report, Dallas earned $24 million in revenue and $600k in operating income during the 2012 season. Back when Forbes last did their look at the value of each MLS club, Dallas was one of only three clubs in the league that was operating in the black, now they are one of ten.
I would expect those numbers to go up after the 2013 season with better gate numbers, a new stadium sponsorship, local TV deal with Time Warner and other new sponsorships that the club has gone into over the last year.