Which sports leagues earn the most money?
The top-earning leagues in the NFL, NHL and NBA are all earning the most on TV this season, according to data released by Nielsen on Thursday.
The National Hockey League (NHL), NBA, Major League Baseball (MLB), MLB, and NBA combine to make up the largest TV market in the world.
But they’re not the only leagues in that position.
The NFL and NBA earn more than $4 billion per year, and their combined TV revenue is more than five times that of the NFL alone, according the Nielsen ratings data.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told The Associated Press in a statement Thursday that he was proud of the league’s revenue growth over the past two seasons.
“We’ve increased our revenues in a number of key areas, including the most popular sport on the planet: professional sports,” Silver said.
“That means our teams are playing more, our players are playing harder and more importantly, our fans are enjoying the games more.”
The NBA has long been one of the most lucrative sports leagues in America.
Its revenue was $2.9 billion in the 2017-18 season, making it the fourth-largest television market in America, according, according Nielsen.
The NFL’s revenue jumped 23% to $1.2 billion in 2017-19, and the NHL is on track to surpass $1 billion this season.
In the 2016-17 season, the league earned $1,086 million.
That included $946 million from its broadcast rights deals with Fox and ESPN.
The NBA is the league of choice for younger fans, who come to the games at stadiums filled with hundreds of thousands of fans.
They also like the quality of the games, which is why it makes sense for the league to take advantage of the rising popularity of streaming services like Twitch, the site that lets fans watch live sports from their phones and computers.
Twitch has grown rapidly in recent years, with more than 5 million subscribers and counting.
The company announced Thursday that its annual earnings hit $3.5 billion in 2019.
It is expected to break the record of $2 billion it earned in 2018.