Cowboys first team worth $4B, says Forbes
— 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.