“Don’t Have 20 Championships to Its Name…”: Brown Negates Popular NBA Team Over Underrated McLaren F1 Outfit

Published 05/09/2022, 2:37 PM EDT
Jun 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) dribbles up the court during the first half of game five in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Formula 1 and its partnership with Netflix have been trying to make in-roads into the United States. And so far, it seems like they have been able to finally make a dent. With races at venues like Miami and Las Vegas next year, it seems Liberty Media has been able to proliferate a market that was hard to crack.

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Not just that, Americans never really took a liking to Formula 1, as they do now. While Netflix’s “Drive To Survive” created the initial base needed to get it going, F1’s deal with ESPN helped grow the base. With more and more Americans following the sport and growing support at an exponential rate, it’s hard to be disappointed. However, McLaren’s CEO, Zak Brown, feels there could be more for F1.

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“There was no reason F1 teams shouldn’t have the same value appreciation as an NBA, NFL, or MLB team,” says McLaren Racing’s CEO Zak Brown, an American. “Why do the LA Clippers trade for $2 billion? The NBA is a great sport, but it doesn’t have a global reach, and the Clippers don’t have 20 world championships to its name. So why are they worth four times McLaren?”

Why are NBA teams worth so much?

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Zak Brown does have a point. F1 teams are less valued than an NBA teams. The question then arises: how do they end up with such value? If we look at the figures, an average team is worth $2.6 Billion with the New York Knicks worth $6.12 Billion and making them the most valuable team in NBA.

Apr 23, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) is triple teamed by Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27), guard Marcus Smart (36) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Most sports teams across America have a large valuation when compared to F1 teams based in Europe. There are various reasons for this too. Shifting from cable TV to streaming services has led to a bidding war among the major players. Items such as sponsorship deals, merchandise sales, naming rights, local sponsorship deals, Stadiums, etc are where NBA teams make most of their money.

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But what makes the teams so valuable is how little accessible it is. To join a franchisee, there is a very strict process and must pass the extreme amount of scrutineering. Growing demand for services is causing the growth of franchisees and, in turn, increases the value of the team. As long fans of the sport continue to interact with the team, the valuation of any NBA team will continue to soar in the coming future.

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Vaibhav Aatreya

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Vaibhav Aatreya is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. His ever-growing passion for the sport, combined with his willingness to learn the inside workings of Formula 1, led him to pursue his graduation in Mechanical Engineering. Having been following the world of motorsports for many years now, Vaibhav loves to pen down his thoughts, giving his take on the ongoings in the sport.

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