The Most Lucrative Leagues in the Sports Industry Outside the U.S.

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)

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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.

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