Cow­boys top list of world’s most valu­able fran­chises

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - A.J. PEREZ

The es­ti­mated value of the Dal­las Cow­boys grew by “only” five per cent, but the team main­tained its perch atop “The World’s 50 Most Valu­able Sports Teams” pub­lished by Forbes on Wed­nes­day.

The Cow­boys, worth an es­ti­mated $4.2 bil­lion US with an op­er­at­ing an­nual in­come of $300 mil­lion, are one of 29 Na­tional Foot­ball League teams that made the list.

Ma­jor League Base­ball’s New York Yan­kees moved up two spots from a year ago to No. 2 with an es­ti­mated value of $3.7 bil­lion.

The oth­ers in the top 5 were soc­cer clubs: 3. Manch­ester United ($3.69 bil­lion), 4. Barcelona ($3.64 bil­lion) and 5. Real Madrid ($3.58 bil­lion).

Eight MLB teams and seven Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion teams — led by the New York Knicks ($3.3 bil­lion) — made the cut. There were no Na­tional Hockey League or NASCAR teams on the list.

There were no Cana­dian teams on the list either.

This year’s Forbes list ac­tu­ally in­cluded 51 sports teams since there was a tie for No. 50 be­tween the NFL’s New Or­leans Saints and MBL’s Los An­ge­les An­gels at $1.75 bil­lion.

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