Cow­boys most valu­able fran­chise at $4.2 bil­lion

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK» The Dal­las Cow­boys are worth $4.2 bil­lion, mak­ing them the most valu­able sports fran­chise for the sec­ond straight year, ac­cord­ing to Forbes.

In its an­nual rank­ings, Forbes placed the New York Yan­kees sec­ond — up from fourth a year ago — with a value of $3.7 bil­lion.

Next are three soccer clubs: Manch­ester United ($3.69 bil­lion), Barcelona ($3.64) and Real Madrid ($3.58).

The rest of the top 10 in­cludes the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots ($3.4 bil­lion), New York Knicks ($3.3 bil­lion), New York Giants ($3.1 bil­lion), San Fran­cisco 49ers ($3 bil­lion) and Los Angeles Lak­ers ($3 bil­lion).

The rank­ings are based on Forbes’ val­u­a­tions done over the last year for all NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, soccer, NASCAR and For­mula One teams.

The av­er­age cur­rent value of the top most valu­able teams is $2.5 bil­lion, the high­est to date, an in­crease over last year, when the av­er­age value was $2.2 bil­lion.

Most valu­able sports teams

Rank, team, value, 1-year change (Sport)

1. Dal­las Cow­boys, $4.2 bil­lion, 5% (NFL)

2. New York Yan­kees, $3.7 bil­lion, 9% (MLB) 3. Manch­ester United, $3.69 bil­lion, 11% (Soccer) 4. Barcelona, $3.64 bil­lion, 2% (Soccer)

5. Real Madrid, $3.58 bil­lion, -2% (Soccer)

6. New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, $3.4 bil­lion, 6% (NFL) 7. New York Knicks, $3.3 bil­lion, 10% (NBA)

8. New York Giants, $3.1 bil­lion, 11% (NFL)

9. San Fran­cisco 49ers, $3 bil­lion, 11% (NFL)

9. Los Angeles Lak­ers, $3 bil­lion, 11% (NBA)

11. Washington Redskins, $2.95 bil­lion, 4% (NFL) 12. Los Angeles Rams, $2.9 bil­lion, 100% (NFL) 13. New York Jets, $2.75 bil­lion, 6% (NFL)

13. Los Angeles Dodgers, $2.75 bil­lion, 10% (MLB) 15. Bay­ern Mu­nich, $2.71 bil­lion, 1% (Soccer) 16. Chicago Bears, $2.7 bil­lion, 10% (NFL)

16. Bos­ton Red Sox, $2.7 bil­lion, 17% (MLB)

18. Chicago Cubs, $2.68 bil­lion, 22% (MLB)

19. San Fran­cisco Giants, $2.65 bil­lion, 18% (MLB) 20. Hous­ton Tex­ans, $2.6 bil­lion, 4% (NFL)

20. Golden State War­riors, $2.6 bil­lion, 37% (NBA) 24. Denver Bron­cos, $2.4 bil­lion, 24% (NFL)

25. Mi­ami Dol­phins, $2.38 bil­lion, 28% (NFL)

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