New York - With
the NFL's top sponsorship and premium seating revenues, the Dallas
Cowboys were named the world's most valuable sports team on Wednesday by
Forbes magazine in its annual top-50 ranking.
The Cowboys, who have not won a Super Bowl since 1996, jumped five
percent in value to $4.2 billion to defend their
2016 position. Last year they unseated Spanish football powerhouse Real
Madrid atop the global list.
The 32-team NFL is the world's richest league, with an average
operating profit of $91 million and no club turning less than a $26
million profit. A major reason for that was the latest NFL television
package bringing annual revenues of $7 billion.
The Cowboys also boast a $1.5 billion team practice facility and
headquarters that will become a retail and entertainment complex with
hotels, medical center and convention center. An exclusive club offers
members the chance to watch Cowboys workouts.
Only three NFL clubs missed the 50-team Forbes richest roll call - the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.
Major League Baseball's New York Yankees ranked second on $3.7
billion, a nine percent boost from last year. They boast $120 million in
sponsorships and $130 million in premium seat revenues, tops in the
major leagues. In all, eight major league clubs made the Forbes list.
Manchester United ranked a close third on $3.69 billion, hurdling
Spanish rivals Barcelona ($3.64 billion) and Real Madrid ($3.58
billion). Barca was up two percent to stand fourth, Real off by the same
amount in fifth overall.
In all, seven global football clubs made the list, the others being
Bayern Munich, 15th on $2.71 billion; Manchester City, 35th on $2.083
billion; Arsenal, 43rd on $1.93 billion and Chelsea, 46th on $1.845
The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were sixth on
the list at $3.4 billion, jumping six percent with their run to the NFL
Topping NBA clubs in seventh
overall were the New York Knicks on $3.3 billion, up 10 percent in
value but still weaklings on the court at 31-51. They have not had a
playoff berth or winning season since 2013 and have won only one playoff
series since 2000.
The NFL's New York Giants were eighth on $3.1 billion with the NFL
San Francisco 49ers and NBA Los Angeles Lakers sharing ninth at $3
In all, there were seven NBA clubs on the list. The reigning champion
Golden State Warriors shared 20th with the NFL Houston Texans on $2.6
billion, leaping 37 percent in value.
Last year's NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers didn't make the list but
the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets at 20-62 shared 47th on $1.8 billion, just
ahead of a 50th-place deadlock between the NFL New Orleans Saints and
baseball's Los Angeles Angels on $1.75 billion.
The biggest gainer was the NFL Los Angeles Rams, doubling in value
after a move from St. Louis to land in 12th overall with a new stadium
owned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke set to open in 2020.
Kroenke is also the biggest shareholder in Arsenal, which suffered
the list's worst plunge, tumbling 20 spots and off four percent due to a
decline in the British pound after Britain voted to leave the European
Two teams from last year fell off the list, the NBA's Houston Rockets
and English football side Liverpool.
No NHL or auto racing teams made