The World’s Most Valu­able Teams

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THIS IS A TER­RIFIC TIME to own a pro­fes­sional sports team: Block­buster tele­vi­sion deals inked over the last sev­eral years have tur­bocharged fran­chise val­ues across the ma­jor sports. The 50 most valu­able teams are now worth an av­er­age of $2.2 bil­lion, up 26% over just a year ago.

With 27 teams among the top 50, the NFL reigns supreme. Although they haven’t reached the Su­per Bowl in two decades, Jerry Jones’ Dal­las Cow­boys top the list at $4 bil­lion, thanks in part to rev­enue from pre­mium seat­ing ($125 mil­lion) and spon­sor­ships ($120 mil­lion) that are foot­ball’s high­est.

This is the first time since 2010 that a soc­cer fran­chise didn’t come out on top. (Manch­ester United wore the crown from 2010 through 2012; Real Madrid did so the last three years.) For much more, in­clud­ing the full ros­ter of 50, visit forbes.com/most-valu­able-teams.

Tim Mara paid $500 to found the foot­ball team in 1925; his heirs sold a 50% stake to the Tisch clan in 1991 for $75 mil­lion. The two fam­i­lies split own­er­ship to this day.

The Pack are the only pub­licly owned fran­chise in U.S. pro sports, with 360,760 share­hold­ers. The fran­chise’s 13 cham­pi­onships (4 in the Su­per Bowl era) are the most in NFL his­tory.

After last-place fin­ishes in 2014 and 2015, the Bosox opened their cof­fers to sign ace David Price (above) to a seven-year, $217 mil­lion deal, the rich­est con­tract ever for a pitcher.

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