Bruins estimated as fifth most valuable NHL franchise

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Bruins estimated as fifth most valuable NHL franchise

The numbers are in, and the business of being the Boston Bruins is quite a lucrative one despite the ongoing NHL lockout.

According to the numbers just released in the annual NHL report by Forbes magazine, the Bruins are rated as the fifth most valuable NHL franchise with an estimated worth of 348 million. They trail only the Toronto Maple Leafs (1 billion), New York Rangers (750 million) Montreal Canadiens (575 million) and Chicago Blackhawks (350 million) in estimated value with the Leafs becoming the first NHL club to eclipse 1 billion in estimated value.

Amazingly there isnt a single NBA franchise thats topped 1 billion in estimated value with the Los Angeles Lakers topping the list at 900,000 million.

The Forbes piece illustrated the alarming balance between the top handful of NHL teams that average upwards of 600 million in overall franchise value while -- at the other end of the spectrum -- the St. Louis Blues were recently purchased for the relative pittance of 130 million. According to the Forbes date the league enjoyed a 9 percent increase in overall revenue to 3.4 billion during the 2011-12 season. The average National Hockey League team is now worth 282 million, an increase of 18 percent from the previous season.

The five least valuable NHL franchises -- the Carolina Hurricanes (162 million), New York Islanders (155 million), Columbus Blue Jackets (145 million), Phoenix Coyotes (134 million) and St. Louis Blues (130 million) -- bottomed out at an average worth of just 145 million. Those numbers are part of what fuels the NHL lockout, and is the biggest reason the NHL Board of Governors have been seeking a 5050 split in Hockey Related Revenue while the NHLPA has been calling for a sizeable increase in league revenue sharing.

Here is the full list of NHL franchise values according to Forbes Magazine:
 
1. Toronto Maple Leafs
Team value: 1,000 million
 
2. New York Rangers
Team value: 750 million
 
3. Montreal Canadiens
Team value: 575 million
 
4. Chicago Blackhawks
Team value: 350 million
 
5. Boston Bruins
Team value: 348 million
 
6. Detroit Red Wings
Team value: 346 million
 
7. Vancouver Canucks
Team value: 342 million
 
8. Philadelphia Flyers
Team value: 336 million
 
9. Pittsburgh Penguins
Team value: 288 million
 
10. Los Angeles Kings
Team value: 276 million
 
11. Washington Capitals
Team value: 250 million
 
12. Calgary Flames
Team value: 245 million
 
13. Dallas Stars
Team value: 240 million
 
14. Edmonton Oilers
Team value: 225 million
 
15. San Jose Sharks
Team value: 223 million
 
16. Ottawa Senators
Team value: 220 million
 
17. Minnesota Wild
Team value: 218 million
 
18. Colorado Avalanche
Team value: 210 million
 
19. New Jersey Devils
Team value: 205 million
 
20. Winnipeg Jets
Team value: 200 million
 
21. Anaheim Ducks
Team value: 192 million
22. Buffalo Sabres
Team value: 175 million
 
23. Tampa Bay Lightning
Team value: 174 million
 
24. Florida Panthers
Team value: 170 million
 
25. Nashville Predators
Team value: 167 million
 
26. Carolina Hurricanes
Team value: 162 million
 
27. New York Islanders
Team value: 155 million
 
28. Columbus Blue Jackets
Team value: 145 million
 
29. Phoenix Coyotes
Team value: 134 million
 
30. St. Louis Blues
Team value: 130 million

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.

“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”

The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.

For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.

“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."

The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.

He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”

Glen Robinson wins NBA All-Sar Slam Dunk Contest

Glen Robinson wins NBA All-Sar Slam Dunk Contest

Glenn Robinson III is the NBA's new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers' mascot and a Pacers cheerleader.

Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with an emphatic, two-hand, reverse jam, giving him a perfect score - and the title - on his final dunk.

"I know I'm a jumper. Like I said, I'm a guy that stays out of the way, but when it's time to shine, that's my thing," Robinson said. "I knew all along I had some things planned and I just wanted to show the world."

Robinson edged out Phoenix's Derrick Jones Jr., who was done in by his failure to complete his difficult first dunk of two in the final round.

Jones still managed a perfect score on his second dunk, when he received a bounce-pass in the paint, put it between his legs and threw down a left-handed jam. But Robinson made sure it wasn't enough.

In the 3-point contest, Houston's Eric Gordon dethroned Golden State splash brother Klay Thompson. Kristaps Porzingisof the New York Knicks won the Skills Challenge.

Both dunk finalists delighted the crowd with soaring slams over teammates and others that showcased the explosive spring in their vertical leaps.

"I thought I would go up against Derrick in the finals," Robinson said. "I've seen the things that he can do. That guy can jump."

Robinson's first dunk was one of his best. He leap-frogged one man sitting on another's shoulders, grabbed the ball from the elevated man's hands and slammed it home. He said 2000 dunk champ Vince Carter was one of his primary influences, along with Michael Jordan, of course.

"Vince Carter did one of his best dunks first, and it kind of intimidated people. That's what I wanted to go out and do," Robinson said. "Who knows if it worked, but they missed some of their dunks and it gave me a little more room."

Afterward, he couldn't take his hands off of the trophy - a gold basketball - and made it sound as if that would remain the case through the weekend.

"I know I'm not letting go of her right there," he said. "She's following me everywhere I go. It's Mardi Gras. We're going to have a good time."

Jones jumped over four teammates including Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss in the first round. He also drew roars from the crowd when he took a pass off the side of the backboard from Booker with his right hand, put the ball between his legs to his left for a round-house jam.

The dunk that cost him was a bold one. He tried to leap a friend and the Suns' gorilla mascot, grab the ball on the way over, put it between his legs and then finish with a windmill. But he couldn't get the dunk to go down in his allotted three attempts.

DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Aaron Gordon of Orlando were unable to emerge from the first round. Jordan dunked over DJ turn tables and Gordon dunked after receiving a bounce pass from a drone that had flown over the court with the "Star Wars" theme music playing.

Eric Gordon got his win in New Orleans, where he played the previous five seasons before leaving last summer in free agency.

Gordon's score of 21 in a final-round tiebreaker defeated Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, the 2013 winner, who had 18. The pair had each finished with a score of 20 in the final round, meaning they each had to shoot 25 more balls to decide it.

"I wasn't really concentrating on how many I made," Gordon said. "It's all about just knocking down the shot. I never counted in my head or anything. I just go out there and just shoot the ball."

Thompson was stunningly eliminated in the first round, missing a final shot from the corner that could have put him through ahead of Kemba Walker.

Big men reigned supreme for a second straight year in the skills competition, with the 7-foot-3 Porzingis beating Utah's Gordon Hayward in the final round.

Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn't make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did, even though Hayward had trailed each of them dribbling down the court by a considerable margin before hitting his clinching shots.

Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic.

"It's a good feeling that I'm able to showcase my skill with my size and show to the kids that you're capable of doing that even if you're tall and lanky like me," Porzingis said.

Porzingis and Hayward were neck-and-neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it.

The three-round, head-to-head obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.

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AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report