People enjoy sports. That much is a given. It probably won’t come as a surprise then when we say that the sports industry is huge. It may, however, come as a surprise to see just how big it really is: No matter how much we tell ourselves we know it, seeing the numbers in their raw form is sure to shock, even if just a bit. That’s why we’ve compiled a brief list of some of the most profitable sports leagues outside of the U.S.
Nippon Professional Baseball (Baseball)
The Nippon Professional Baseball league is Japan’s national baseball league, boasting an annual revenue of approximately 1.1 billion dollars. Not bad for a small island state, right? Baseball is one of Japan’s biggest sports, and the NPB has just marked its 70th season, making it pretty much a veteran league filled to the brim with its own history and unforgettable moments.