How 'bout them Cowboys: Dallas NFL franchise tops Forbes list again

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How 'bout them Cowboys: Dallas NFL franchise tops Forbes list again

By Frank Pingue

Toronto: The Dallas Cowboys were ranked the world's most valuable sports team for a fifth consecutive year according to an annual list published by Forbes on Friday that was dominated by National Football League franchises.

The NFL's Cowboys, who unseated Spanish football club Real Madrid for top spot on the list in 2016, were valued at $5.5 billion ($A7.7 billion), a 10 per cent rise when compared to last year, Forbes said in a statement.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, whose NFL side was again named the world's richest sporting team on Friday.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, whose NFL side was again named the world's richest sporting team on Friday.Credit:AP

Major League Baseball's New York Yankees ($5 billion), the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks ($4.6 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion) and Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion) rounded out the top five.

NFL teams occupied 27 spots on the ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams, which Forbes said was both a reflection of its massive stadium draws and TV appeal.

Three European soccer teams cracked the top 10 this year, led by Real Madrid ($4.24 billion) in sixth place. Barcelona ($4 billion) were eighth while Manchester United ($3.8 billion) came in at 10th.

The NBA had nine teams on the list, European soccer and MLB each had seven clubs. No ice hockey, Formula One or Nascar teams made the cut.


Forbes list of most valuable sports teams

  1. Dallas Cowboys (US, American football)
  2. New York Yankees (US, baseball)
  3. New York Knicks (US, basketball)
  4. Los Angeles Lakers (US, basketball)
  5. Golden State Warriors (US, basketball)
  6. Real Madrid (Spain, football)
  7. New England Patriots (US, American football)
  8. FC Barcelona (Spain, football)
  9. New York Giants (US, American football)
  10. Manchester United (England, football)
  11. Los Angeles Rams (US, American football)
  12. San Francisco 49ers (US, American football)
  13. Chicago Bears (US, American football)
  14. Los Angeles Dodgers (US, baseball)
  15. Washington Football Team (US, American football, tied with Dodgers)
  16. Boston Red Sox (US, baseball)
  17. Chicago Bulls (US, basketball)
  18. Chicago Cubs (US, baseball)
  19. New York Jets (US, American football - tied with Bulls and Cubs)
  20. Boston Celtics (US, basketball)
  21. Houston Texans (US, American football)
  22. San Francisco Giants (US, baseball - tied with Celtics and Texans)
  23. Philadelphia Eagles (US, American football)
  24. Bayern Munich (Germany, football)
  25. Denver Broncos (US, American football)
  26. Las Vegas Raiders (US, American football)
  27. Green Bay Packers (US, American football)
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers (US, American football)
  29. Seattle Seahawks (US, American football)
  30. Miami Dolphins (US, American football)
  31. Atlanta Falcons (US, American football)
  32. Baltimore Ravens (US, American football)
  33. Minnesota Vikings (US, American football)
  34. Manchester City (England, football)
  35. Indianapolis Colts (US, American football)
  36. Los Angeles Clippers (US, basketball)
  37. Chelsea (England, football)
  38. Brooklyn Nets (US, basketball)
  39. Los Angeles Chargers (US, American football - tied with Nets)
  40. Houston Rockets (US, basketball)
  41. Carolina Panthers (US, American football)
  42. Dallas Mavericks (US, basketball)
  43. New York Mets (US, baseball - tied with Panthers and Mavericks)
  44. Jacksonville Jaguars (US, American football)
  45. Kansas City Chiefs (US, American football)
  46. New Orleans Saints (US, American football)
  47. Arsenal (England, football)
  48. Arizona Cardinals (US, American football)
  49. St Louis Cardinals (US, baseball)
  50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (US, American football - tied with St Louis Cardinals)

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