Cowboys top list of world’s most valuable franchises
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.