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Real Madrid no longer worlds most valuable sports team

Real Madrid's place as the most valuable team in the world has been taken by an NFL team

For the last 3 years Real Madrid had been named as the most valuable sports franchise in the world, but despite an almost 13% rise in value the European Champions have slipped to #2 on the Forbes list behind NFL team the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys were valued at a massive $4 billion, up from $3.2 billion last year, helped by growth in the NFL market as a whole as well as assets like the marvellous AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry World. 

TeamValueSport2015 ranking
Dallas Cowboys$4 billionNFL2
Real Madrid$3.65 billionFootball1
Barcelona$3.55 billionFootball4
New York Yankees$3.4 billionMLB2
Manchester United$3.32 billionFootball5
New England Patriots$3.2 billionNFL6
New York Knicks$3.0 billionNBA8
Washington Redskins$2.85 billionNFL9
New York Giants$2.8 billionNFL12
Los Angeles Lakers$2.7 billionNBA6
San Francisco 49ers$2.7 billionNFL22

As you can see the list is dominated by football and NFL teams, that is unlikely to change as the global popularity of the NFL grows. Football’s stranglehold as the worlds most popular sport is not going to end any time soon either. 27 of the NFL’s 32 teams are in the top 50 of Forbes list while not one ice hockey or Formula One team are on the top 50. Of course this list does not include UFC, which was just sold for $4 billion, or the WWE which Wells Fargo recently valued at $3.4 billion. While not strictly teams they help put the health of the american sports industry into greater context.

Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL and MLB editor for RealSport. However I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site.

I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

Real Madrid no longer worlds most valuable sports team

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