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Of Forbes' 50-most valuable sports franchises, 60 percent hail from NFL

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

Jerry Jones' Cowboys were ranked the fifth-most valuable franchise in the world.
Jerry Jones' Cowboys are ranked as the world's fifth-most valuable sports franchise. (USATSI)

Forbes released its annual list of the most valuable sports franchises on Monday, and European soccer power Real Madrid, valued at $3.3 billion, was tabbed the world's most valuable team.

The club was deemed more valuable than last year's No. 1 franchise, Manchester United, which came in second at $3.1 billion.

Barcelona, estimated to be worth $2.6 billion, was ranked third.

The New York Yankees ($2.3 billion) were ranked as the most valuable U.S. sports franchise at No. 4, just ahead of America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, valued at $2.1 billion.

All told, 30 of the NFL's 32 teams cracked the top 50. The only two teams to miss out were the St. Louis Rams (51st) and Jacksonville Jaguars (52nd).

The highest valued NBA team was the New York Knicks, which ranked No. 23 at $1.1 billion. The only other NBA teams were the Lakers (No. 31, $1 billion) and the Bulls (No. 47, $800 million).

Forbes' list shows that at least in the United States, the NFL is king. Twelve of the top 20 valued teams hailed from the NFL, including the Patriots, Redskins, Giants, Packers and Bears.

To see the full list, click here.

 
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