A lot of the biggest sporting events of the past two years have been in the midst of bidding wars, as some major events are bidding for the rights to stage them.
In a way, that means that a lot of events are not going to be able to make a profit.
That said, the biggest events in sports history have all had an economic benefit from the event.
Here’s a look at the biggest sports events that have raised millions of dollars over the past few years.
MLB’s World Series A total of $2.7 billion in economic benefit was generated by the event from ticket sales and merchandise sales.
While it was not an exact science, the event generated $4.3 billion in revenue for the MLBPA and generated $3.9 billion for the league as a whole.
It also resulted in a net profit of $8.3 million for the leagues and $5.2 million for players.
It was also the largest-ever television contract in the history of the sport, with ESPN and TBS each providing $150 million in advertising revenue.
NFL’s Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVIII generated a total of approximately $2 billion in the U.S. economy.
While the event had a low-to-mid-level impact on the economy overall, it generated $1.5 billion in net economic benefit for the NFLPA.
This helped them reach their goal of a $15 billion surplus in 2020.
NBA Finals NBA Finals games in 2019 generated a combined $2,851 million in economic benefits.
While not the largest, the NBA Finals is considered one of the most lucrative events in the world.
The event generated an estimated $4 billion in ticket sales, merchandise sales, and television revenue, according to ESPN.
UFC’s pay-per-view events have generated millions in economic impact for the UFC.
The UFC had a record-breaking pay-out of $4 million to its fighters.
In 2019 alone, UFC had $3 billion worth of TV rights.
NHL’s Winter Classic The 2016 Winter Classic was a total success, with the event earning $1 billion in financial impact.
NBA Playoffs The 2016 playoffs were one of, if not the most successful in league history.
The Finals in Boston generated an expected $2 million in ticket revenue, merchandise, and TV revenue.
NBA All-Star Game NBA All Star Game events generated an economic impact of $1,937 million in the United States in 2019.
NHL All-star Game The 2018 All-Stars game in New Jersey generated an additional $2 for the NHLPA.
NHL Playoffs The 2018 playoffs generated an anticipated $1 million in revenue.
UFC 200 UFC 200 earned $1M in net profit and generated a net economic impact to the UFC of $6.2M, according the UFC, while also generating an estimated 3.4M hours of television time.
Major League Baseball’s All-STAR Game MLB All-stars games in 2021 and 2022 generated an $853 million in net financial benefit to the league, as well as a $1-million net economic effect to the players.
UFC 205 UFC 205 earned $2M in revenue from UFC events, as the event attracted an estimated 15.5M viewers on FOX.
NASCAR’s Daytona 500 The Daytona 500, held in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2019, generated an initial $4M in ticket revenues.
NHL all-star game NHL All Stars games in 2018 and 2019 generated an estimate of $3M in total ticket revenue and a net financial impact to NHLPA, according.
UFC 216 UFC 216 earned $6 million in merchandise sales and $4MM in TV revenue, while generating $3 million in TV income and an estimated 5.5 million hours of TV time.
MLB All Star game The 2018 and 2022 All- Star Games in Chicago generated an assumed $2-million in ticket, merchandise and TV revenues.
NFL All-out games NFL All out games in 2022 generated $8 million in revenues and $2MM in net income, as ESPN reported.
NHL season finale The 2019 NHL All Out Game in Philadelphia generated an incremental $1MM in ticket and merchandise revenue, as reported by the league.
UFC 207 UFC 207 earned $3MM in revenue and $8MM in media and merch revenue, respectively.
NHL playoffs The 2017 NHL playoffs generated $2 and $3 in net revenue, and generated an expectation of $7.5MM in total revenue, ESPN reported, while the league also reported an estimated net economic cost of $5 million.
NBA’s All Star weekend The 2017 All Star Weekend in Chicago, in which all 25 teams participated, generated $15.4MM for the NBA, ESPN estimated.
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