Cow­boys first team worth $4B, says Forbes

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— The Dal­las Cow­boys are the first sports fran­chise worth $4 bil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Forbes.

In its an­nual rank­ings, Forbes placed the Cow­boys ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona af­ter the Na­tional Foot­ball League team had a 25 per cent increase in value.

Cham­pi­ons League win­ner Real dropped to the sec­ond spot at $3.65 bil­lion, fol­lowed by its archri­val Barcelona at $3.55 bil­lion.

The rest of the top 10 has the New York Yan­kees ($3.4 bil­lion), fol­lowed by Manch­ester United ($3.32 bil­lion), the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots ($3.2 bil­lion), New York Knicks ($3.0 bil­lion), Wash­ing­ton Red­skins ($2.8 bil­lion), New York Giants ($2.8 bil­lion), and tied for 10th, the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers and San Fran­cisco 49ers ($2.7 bil­lion).

The av­er­age cur­rent value of the 50 most valu­able teams is $2.2 bil­lion, the high­est to date, a 25 per cent increase over last year. NFL teams ac­count for more than half the list with 27. The NFL is still king on TV with con­tracts worth nearly $7 bil­lion, says Forbes se­nior edi­tor Kurt Baden­hausen.

Eight Euro­pean soc­cer and eight Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion teams made the list, and seven Ma­jor League Base­ball clubs are in the top 50. No Na­tional Hockey League teams made the list.

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