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Franchise value and ownership history

Franchise name/location history (most to least recent):
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Alberta Oilers

Franchise Valuation and Ownership History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Value
(US$)
In today's
US$
Hockey Franchise
Valuation Rank
1972-73 $25,000 $174,976
Bill Hunterbought the original Alberta Oilers WHA franchise for $25,000.
Source(s): Book: The Rebel League
1979-80 $0 $0
Value in Canadian currency: $0. Prior to the season, as the WHA folded, paid $US 6M as entry rights to the NHL to join the league. Peter Pocklington, owner of the team, was quoted as estimated the value of the team at $100M, which seems overly exagerated given the value of other teams in the 1980s.
Source(s): Book: Les Nordiques / Book: Slim and None
1991-92 $55,000,000 $118,206,183 7
Source(s): Financial World
1992-93 $51,000,000 $106,383,267 14
Source(s): Financial World
1993-94 $46,000,000 $93,203,655 21
Source(s): Financial World
1994-95 $42,000,000 $82,940,224 24
Source(s): Financial World
1995-96 $42,000,000 $80,675,942 25
Source(s): Financial World
1996-97 $52,000,000 $97,037,934 24
Source(s): Financial World
1997-98 $72,200,000 $131,653,003 5
Value in Canadian currency: $100,000,000. In May 1998, the Edmonton Investors Group, led by Cal Nichols, purchased the franchise for $C 100M. (The franchise was worth $67M according to the book American Sports Empire: How the Leagues Breed Success.)
Source(s): Forbes
1998-99 $67,000,000 $120,304,889 27
Source(s): Forbes
1999-00 $72,000,000 $126,512,186 27
Source(s): Forbes
2000-01 $77,000,000 $130,882,114 30
Source(s): Forbes
2001-02 $81,000,000 $133,894,505 29
Source(s): Forbes
2002-03 $86,000,000 $139,938,848 30
Source(s): Forbes
2003-04 $91,000,000 $144,790,715 30
Source(s): Forbes
2004-05 $104,000,000 $161,164,761 26
Source(s): Forbes
2006-07 $146,000,000 $211,985,714 19
Source(s): Forbes
2007-08 $200,000,000 $282,338,188 12
On January 28, 2008, Daryl Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers from a group of 38 investors for $200M, pending NHL approval that came in during the summer. (The franchise was valued at $158M by Forbes.)
Source(s): Book: The McDavid Effect
2008-09 $175,000,000 $237,912,216 20
Source(s): Forbes
2009-10 $166,000,000 $226,476,182 23
Source(s): Forbes
2010-11 $183,000,000 $245,639,274 20
Source(s): Forbes / Book: Sports Economics
2011-12 $212,000,000 $275,862,008 15
Source(s): Forbes
2012-13 $225,000,000 $286,848,295 14
Source(s): Forbes
2013-14 $400,000,000 $502,575,549 14
Source(s): Forbes
2014-15 $475,000,000 $587,279,294 12
Source(s): Forbes
2015-16 $455,000,000 $561,887,183 12
Source(s): Forbes
2016-17 $445,000,000 $542,691,971 14
Source(s): Forbes
2017-18 $520,000,000 $620,936,684 12
Source(s): Forbes
2018-19 $540,000,000 $629,437,298 13
Source(s): Forbes
2019-20 $575,000,000 $658,305,953 14
Source(s): Forbes
2020-21 $550,000,000 $622,044,049 14
Source(s): Forbes
2021-22 $1,100,000,000 $1,188,081,181 7
According to Graeme Roustan, in The Hockey News, the value of the franchise without the arena was between $650M and $699M.
Source(s): Forbes
2022-23 $1,275,000,000 $1,275,000,000 7
According to Graeme Roustan, in The Hockey News, the value of the franchise without the arena was $1.3B. It was $1.29B according to Sportico.
Source(s): Forbes