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.
|Dallas Cowboys||$4 billion||NFL||2|
|Real Madrid||$3.65 billion||Football||1|
|New York Yankees||$3.4 billion||MLB||2|
|Manchester United||$3.32 billion||Football||5|
|New England Patriots||$3.2 billion||NFL||6|
|New York Knicks||$3.0 billion||NBA||8|
|Washington Redskins||$2.85 billion||NFL||9|
|New York Giants||$2.8 billion||NFL||12|
|Los Angeles Lakers||$2.7 billion||NBA||6|
|San Francisco 49ers||$2.7 billion||NFL||22|
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.