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Orlando City SC Close To Being Sold For About $400 Million

Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC, which played its first season in Major League Soccer in 2015, is on the verge of being sold for about $400 million, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction.

If the sale goes through, it would represent a windfall for owner Flávio Augusto da Silva, who paid a $70 million expansion fee for the team.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you think Major League Soccer teams are a good investment?
  2. How do you think Forbes evaluates franchise values?
  3. What are broadcast rights?
  4. According to information from this story, how much does Major League Soccer generate in broadcast rights?
  5. What factors might influence the value of a pro sports franchise?
  6. Do you think the pandemic has any influence on the value of a pro sports franchise? Why or why not?
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