Market Monday (#4): Boston

Fenway Park

Every Monday theBRKDWN releases our Market Monday segment. These are a series of articles that breakdown the history and sport markets in different cities each week, focusing specifically on teams in five of the major professional sports leagues in North America: NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS. I will try to include only the most important and noteworthy information about each team including information such as year established, years a team existed if they no longer do or have relocated, number of championships won or participated in, other cities where a franchise previously existed, financial information, and any other noteworthy information. This week we’re heading to Title Town — Boston.

MLB Breakdown

Boston Red Sox

Year Franchise Founded: 1901

Year Established in city: 1901

# of championships: 9

Team Estimated Value: $2.8 billion USD

Current Home Stadium: Fenway Park

Known as the Boston Americans when they first entered the league in 1901, the Red Sox are MLB’s fifth most valuable team and have the third most World Series wins in the league.  Fenway Park has been their home since 1912 making it the oldest active ballpark in baseball. Fenway features the famous “Green Monster” outfield-wall in left field. If you are ever in Boston when baseball is in season, attending a Red Sox game at Fenway should be at the top of your “To Do” list.

The Red Sox ended an 86-year championship drought in 2004 which is known as the “Curse of the Bambino”. This so-called curse started when they traded star player Babe Ruth in 1919 to the New York Yankees. This started an intense rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees and to this day it is one of the most fierce rivalries in professional sports. Since 2004, Boston has won three additional World Series titles.

NFL Breakdown

New England Patriots

Year Franchise Founded: 1960

Year Established in city: 1960

# of championships: 5

Team Estimated Value: $3.8 billion USD

Current Home Stadium: Gillette Stadium

The Pats are in the midst of a dynasty. Often referred to as the Brady/Belichick era, the legendary quarterback and coach duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have led the franchise to nine Super Bowls since 2001. They have been responsible for all five of the franchise’s championships over the last 18 years. As if all the SuperBowl rings weren’t enough, the Patriots are the league’s second most valuable franchise and the most valuable franchise in Boston.

NBA Breakdown

Boston Celtics

Year Franchise Founded: 1946

Year Established in city: 1946

# of championships: 17

Team Estimated Value: $2.5 billion USD

Current Home Stadium: TD Garden

The Celtics are one of the most storied franchises in basketball and hold the record of most NBA Championships won by a single franchise. They have one of the most notable rivalries in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, a team they’ve beaten nine times in twelve meetings in the NBA Finals. This rivalry, featuring the two most successful teams — has spanned multiple generations. Together they have won nearly half of the leagues championships (33 of 70 total). The Celtics are currently the fifth most valuable team in NBA.

NHL Breakdown

Boston Bruins

Year Franchise Founded: 1924

Year Established in city: 1924

# of championships: 6

Team Estimated Value: $925 million USD

Current Home Stadium: TD Garden

The Bruins, an Original Six franchise, have the the longest streak of post-season appearances in the history of North American professional sports, making the playoffs 29 seasons straight from 1967-1996. The Bruins have been sharing their home arena with the Boston Celtics since it opened in 1995.

One of the greatest moments in Bruin’s franchise history is Bobby Orr’s overtime game winning goal vs. the St. Louis Blues to win the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals. This moment is known as “The Goal” and, captured by photographer Ray Lussier immediately after Orr scored, it’s become one of the most iconic hockey photographs in the world. It pictures him celebrating while flying in mid-air after getting tripped by a Blues’ defenseman.

MLS Breakdown

New England Revolution

Year Franchise Founded: 1995

Year Established in city: 1995

# of championships: 0 MLS Cups, 1 U.S. Open Cup, 1 Superliga

Team Estimated Value: $225 million USD

Current Home Stadium: Gillette Stadium

Other than being the only non-Mexican team to win a Superliga title and winning one U.S. Open Cup, being a Revolution fan kind of sucks because they have yet to find league success, losing five MLS Cup Finals and missing the playoffs every year since 2015. The Revolution are the least successful and least popular professional sports team in Boston.

Boston Sports Overview

Total Championships: 38

Total Estimated Value: $10.25 billion USD

Boston is the second most successful sports city in North America. Sports are a huge part of the city’s culture and the City of Champions is definitely home to some of the most diehard sports fans in the world.  

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