We tackle four topics, all sparked by the great speech Stuart Scott gave at the ESPY's last night.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by the great speech Stuart Scott gave at the ESPY's last night.

Three Boston-area teams have found their way on Forbes’€™ annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams of 2014.

The Patriots and Red Sox established themselves near the top of the list, as the Patriots ranked eighth ($1.8 billion) while the Red Sox were listed at 11th ($1.5 billion). The Celtics ranked 45th at $875 million.

The Patriots are the second-most valuable NFL team, trailing the Cowboys ($2.3 billion), while the Red Sox are rank third amongst MLB franchises behind the Yankees ($2.5 billion) and Dodgers ($2 billion).

While North American teams constitute a majority of the list, European soccer reigns at the top, as Real Madrid ($3.44 billion), FC Barcelona ($3.2 billion) and Manchester United ($2.81 billion) hold the top three spots on the ranking. This is the second straight year in which Real Madrid, which boasts players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, has earned the title as most valuable sports team.

Forbes, which has ranked sports teams since 1998, reported that the average value of a team in the ranking was $1.34 billion — an 8 percent increase from last year. Thirty-eight of the 50 teams are valued at at least $1 billion, while only 33 were valued at the same rate last year.

While there were no sports teams valued at $2 billion three years ago, there are now six teams at or above that value this year.

The Yankees are the most valuable non-soccer team in the world, ranking fourth on the list. The team’€™s value should only continue to increase going forward, as programming rights fees for Yankees broadcasts are expected to jump from $105 million to $350 million a year by 2042.

While soccer may sit at the top of the list, the NFL has the biggest presence, as only the Raiders and Jaguars are not mentioned in the rankings. The Cowboys, who generated the league’€™s largest sponsorship and premium seating revenues last year at $220 million, has been the most valuable NFL team since 2007.

Other than the 30 NFL teams, eight soccer clubs, six baseball franchises and four NBA squads were named to the list, while a Formula 1 group Ferrari (No. 21, $1.2 billion) and one NHL team, the Maple Leafs (No. 26, $1.15 billion), round out the group.

The Celtics are a new addition to the list, trailing the Knicks (No. 13, $1.4 billion), Lakers (No. 15, $1.35 billion) and Bulls (No. 37, $1 billion) in terms of most valuable NBA team.

The Rams and the Premier League‘€™s Manchester City join the Celtics as the new inclusions to the group.

The Raiders, Mets and Formula 1 group McLaren form the unfortunate trio that fell out of the top 50.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

In Thursday’s edition of Three For All on Middays with MFB, Lou Merloni, Tim Benz and Christian Fauria discussed the lawsuit filed against Seth MacFarlane and his “Ted” character, The Rock‘s new diet for his upcoming “Hercules” film, and the fist woman to reach the American Ninja Warrior finals.

To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

According to new copyright infringement lawsuit, Bengal Mangle Productions is claiming that the obscene and crude teddy bear Ted from the comedy of the same name is a an imitation of “Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear,” who talks, drinks and acts just like the vulgar teddy bear that helped gross over $500 million at the box office.

“I’ve seen the video,” Benz said. “[Charlie] is a bigger bear. There’s a person inside the bear suit. He’s not quite as cute and cuddly as Ted looks to be. He doesn’t have quite the Teddy Ruxpin look that Ted has. … He’s a little rough around the edges. One thing it isn’t is funny. It’s not funny at all. … Maybe Seth just throws him a couple hundred thousand under the table and say, ‘Go away.’ ”

“I’d pay him a couple hundred grand, come up with a little settlement to be able to use Charlie [in "Ted 2"], and beat the hell out of him in the movie,” Merloni said.

– As if he wasn’t imposing enough already, actor and former WWE wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has gotten downright ripped for his new role in the film “Hercules.”

To achieve the physique to play the Greek hero, Johnson ate seven meals a day, consisting of 18 ounces of steak, 16 ounces of halibut, 16 ounces of chicken, 5 1/2 cups of rice, 14 egg whites and more.

“œSeven meals,” Fauria said. “You really need to live your life and everything around your life has to revolve around sitting down and eating. If you’re going to be a meathead, ripped-up actor, or just ripped-up, you’ve got to find time to eat.”

Kacy Catanzaro, a former Towson University gymnast, became the first woman to make it to the final of America Ninja Warrior. Despite being just 5-foot-0 and 100 pounds, Catanzaro breezed through the obstacle course with little issue.

“She’s the new ‘it girl.’ She’s going to be all over the place. If she wins this competition, she’ll be hosting the ESPYs next year,” Benz said.

“We couldn’t do it,” Fauria said. “You have to be that little gymnast-type guy. Lots of upper-body strength.”

“Well, ninjas are renowned for being 6-foot-5, 250, are they?” Benz said.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
The guys venture outside the world of sports for a lengthy discussion of Ninjas
With rumors swirling that the Red Sox are scouting Cole Hamels, the guys discuss the idea of acquiring the Phillies' starter and how the move could impact the resigning of Jon Lester

[0:00:05] ... they slipped into the game. You guys warming to the idea oh. Cole Hamels Red Sox -- I am warming. You better. It was like it's gonna happen right. There's just no way to but I had no matter what we do no matter what angle. We go at it there's no way of avoiding Jon Lester and his contract you used to call -- I -- I don't you're doing I tell you don't talk about John -- contract Jimmy what you do bring a Cole -- was the latest joke. Jon Lester nick of parliament's BA are exorbitant Karl's fault of our shown huge fan of you so he can try to. During a day to get Jon Lester out of town on -- -- ceased talking about it just for you Christian and alternate back to you. Listen it's all star -- nick apart up. Mentioning it today in a global saying that Cole Hamels why not mean they have this god and it's his starts the look at Adam. I guess we're sure that it's Cole Hamels that looking at a look at his start was it just his over the Kamal -- new guy I don't feel bad rated pop. I'm not really crazy about this at all. Andy merits because it's it's in that range right of Cole Hamels has four years left ninety million dollars 22 and a half each year. There's a 881 -- million dollar team option point four million dollar vesting option. It's one of those things based we're talking about we're matching which Jon Lester in that fifty years -- vesting option afforded -- told a couple years before nick accent. So. Looking at four years ninety -- that's why puts it there for a top rotation guy. I'm just I'm really ethic he's -- Cole Hamels a very good pitcher. But what before year's ninety with him. -- much radical five at 125 Jon Lester. I would much rather do that I know that this this goes back to hold citing big time free to bring in the mean here does gold. Activist Carl Crawford deal I know Jon Lester can pick sheer. I give him 24. Then wondering if Cole Hamels can come in and each year for 2.2 million dollars. -- -- know this what are what or we don't wanna give to three million dollars more a year in one more year -- -- get a guy that we don't even know. It -- Boston let alone American leak. Not not not not big on this at all. It's not just fiscally irresponsible. Did you would love this deal are they what is. The biggest question on Jon Lester was why are they not -- and why are they not doing it he doesn't. He's not a guy that. Nick pulls ...
[0:03:46] ... there's the other thing we're talking about Kenny pitched the American League Cole Hamels had a very. -- -- career which you agree yet to 93 right now 106 -- to 33 walks this season five straight years and any RAF three point 60 or lower. You're kind getting into you well Jon Lester territory guests are winning looking at the wins and losses in the as the Phillies haven't been that good and. Notably years ...
[0:04:44] ... 22 and a half million dollars on that and almost thirty. Now Cole Hamels was 26 and Celtic my chances of also saving years. He's not he'll be 31 as well he's got a Ford have -- his career to -- the American League teams. For 22 and a half. I'd rather give Jon Lester 26 million dollar you. Hate you hate that idea -- I thought that I don't like the idea but it -- it would just be Jon Lester either what -- yes exactly and see that's the second coat of paint to this it's not just as simple as do you give up on Jon Lester to get Cole Hamels. You're also gonna have to give up more. Now to get Hamels to the Philadelphia Phillies in -- going to get in return for Jon Lester my right to assume that. There's no question because one -- gut. You -- time left on his deal. We're erased a ...
[0:05:52] ... what's going on here the Phillies know that you're trying to replace Jon Lester the Phillies aren't just looking at Cole Hamels. Asked Cole Hamels in this deal. If it is to be true. They're looking at Cole Hamels as big guys the Red Sox are trying to get to beat their ace like I keep saying my position is being consistent on this if you give up on an -- union hates the Phillies are looking at a from that perspective as well and they are going to demand. Ace level return. Even if Cole Hamels is in the pitch of the Jon Lester is and that has to be factored in yet to whether or not is a Smart dealer and. It basically the Cole ...

The guys break down their favorite and most cringe-worthy moments from lat night's ESPYSs

[0:00:10] ... through their. I don't let her. Discussion on -- we have. That Cole Hamels is not stupid. And again I won't back that collars when I don't think he was trying to suggest that Cole Hamels the human being is -- I think you're saying the acquisition of Cole Hamels to lose Jon Lester would be stupid. Cole Hamels apparently is not stupid -- what -- -- about his no trade clause. Limited limited no trade clause that this year. He ...
[0:04:46] ... was not easy the -- crying he cries of people standing -- Mariano Rivera wanted the greatest closer of all time. Twenty years dominant from day one down at the end he gets pulled out of the game by Andy Pettitte and -- Derek Jeter. And everybody's crying and that we go to USA got in pool African plate. Are supposed to be its pool play. And ...

Josh Smith‘€™s tenure in the Motor City might only last one season.

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

The versatile forward has been at the center of recent trade talks that could ship the former Hawk to the Kings, according to ESPN.com.

Talks between both parties started last month before tailing off due to a lack of progress and the start of the league’€™s free agency window. Sacramento, which reportedly offered Jason Thompson and either Derrick Williams or Jason Terry in the original deal for Smith, reportedly is looking for a third team to complete the deal.

If the trade is completed, Smith will join an impressive Kings frontcourt that already includes DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Another potential factor in the deal could be Smith’€™s close relationship with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has also been linked to trade rumors with the Kings.

– It didn’€™t take long for the Pacers to find a replacement for Lance Stephenson.

Just a day after Stephenson agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets, Indiana signed guard Rodney Stuckey to a one-year deal, according to The Associated Press.

Stuckey, who played for the Pistons for the last seven years, was made expendable after Detroit added Jodie Meeks and D.J. Augustin to its backcourt this offseason. Last season, Stuckey averaged 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

LeBron James continues to lure more of his former teammates to Cleveland, as former Miami sharpshooter James Jones agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Cavaliers, The Associated Press reported.

Jones, who will reportedly earn 1.4 million next season, should be a threat from beyond the arc for the Cavs next season. While he only played in 20 games in 2013-14 with the Heat, Jones shot a career-high 46 percent from 3-point range.

Jones isn’€™t the first former Miami player to join James in Cleveland, as Mike Miller agreed to a two-year deal with the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

– The Lakers added some much needed depth to their frontcourt Wednesday, signing power forward Ed Davis to a two-year, $2 million deal, The Associated Press reported.

Davis’€™ NBA career got off to a promising start after being taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, averaging 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in his first season with the Raptors.

Davis has since bounced between Toronto and Memphis, posting career averages of 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds.

With the departure of Pau Gasol to the Bulls and Chris Kaman to the Trail Blazers, Davis should see a steady amount of playing time alongside Jordan Hill and rookie Julius Randle.

Brandon Rush is going back to Cali.

The 29-year-old swingman is returning to the Warriors, signing a two-year, $2.5 million deal Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Rush, who played for the Jazz last season, played for Golden State in 2011-12, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 26 minutes while shooting 45.2 percent from three-point range.

– The Wizards have acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Mavericks as part of a sign-and-trade deal .

Blair, who played only one season in Dallas, averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last year. Blair spent first four seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in San Antonio.

Dallas acquired the rights of Emir Preldzic as part of the deal.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington joined the show to discuss his plans as the MLB trade deadline approaches.
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