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The 20 Most Valuable Sports Franchises in the World

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Two things you can safely say about Americans: They love their sports, and football is their first choice, by far. Just look at the valuations for the richest sports franchises in the world. The top 13 franchises are all U.S. teams, and nine of those are NFL teams.

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Using data from Forbes, GOBankingRates identified the 20 most valuable sports franchises in the world, in ascending order from least valuable to most. You’ll also learn about the revenue they earn, who owns them, when they bought their teams and for how much.

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19. (tie) Miami Dolphins

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $4,600,000,000
  • Owner: Stephen Ross
  • Year purchased: 2008
  • Price paid: $1,100,000,000
  • Revenue: $533,000,000
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19. (tie) Manchester United

  • League: EPL
  • Sport: Soccer
  • Valuation: $4,600,000,000
  • Owner: Glazer Family
  • Year purchased: 2005
  • Price paid: $1,400,000,000
  • Revenue: $663,000,000

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18. Denver Broncos

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $4,650,000,000
  • Owner: Rob Walton
  • Year purchased: 2022
  • Price paid: $4,500,000,000
  • Revenue: $526,000,000
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17. Houston Texans

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $4,700,000,000
  • Owner: Janice McNair
  • Year purchased: 1999
  • Price paid: $600,000,000
  • Revenue: $571,000,000
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16. Philadelphia Eagles

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $4,900,000,000
  • Owner: Jeffrey Lurie
  • Year purchased: 1994
  • Price paid: $185,000,000
  • Revenue: $547,000,000
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15. Barcelona

  • League: La Liga
  • Sport: Soccer
  • Valuation: $5,000,000,000
  • Owner: Club members
  • Year purchased: N/A
  • Price paid: N/A
  • Revenue: $692,000,000
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13. (tie) Real Madrid

  • League: La Liga
  • Sport: Soccer
  • Valuation: $5,100,000,000
  • Owner: Club members
  • Year purchased: N/A
  • Price paid: N/A
  • Revenue: $761,000,000
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13. (tie) Las Vegas Raiders

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $5,100,000,000
  • Owner: Mark Davis
  • Year purchased: 1966
  • Price paid: $180,000
  • Revenue: $563,000,000
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12. San Francisco 49ers

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $5,200,000,000
  • Owner: Denise DeBartolo & John York
  • Year purchased: 1977
  • Price paid: $13,000,000
  • Revenue: $575,000,000
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11. New York Jets

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $5,400,000,000
  • Owner: Johnson Family
  • Year purchased: 2000
  • Price paid: $635,000,000
  • Revenue: $519,000,000
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10. Los Angeles Lakers

  • League: NBA
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Valuation: $5,500,000,000
  • Owner: Jerry Buss Family Trusts, Todd Boehly, Mark Walter
  • Year purchased: 1979, 2021
  • Price paid: $20,000,000; $5,000,000,000
  • Revenue: $316,000,000

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8. (tie) Washington Commanders

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $5,600,000,000
  • Owner: Daniel and Tanya Snyder
  • Year purchased: 1999
  • Price paid: $750,000,000
  • Revenue: $544,000,000
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8. (tie) Golden State Warriors

  • League: NBA
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Valuation: $5,600,000,000
  • Owner: Joe Lacob, Peter Guber
  • Year purchased: 2010
  • Price paid: $750,000,000
  • Revenue: $258,000,000
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6. (tie) Chicago Bears

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $5,800,000,000
  • Owner: McCaskey Family
  • Year purchased: 1920
  • Price paid: $100
  • Revenue: $520,000,000
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6. (tie) New York Knicks

  • League: NBA
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Valuation: $5,800,000,000
  • Owner: Madison Square Garden Company
  • Year purchased: 1997
  • Price paid: $300,000,000
  • Revenue: $298,000,000
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4. (tie) New York Giants

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $6,000,000,000
  • Owner: John Mara, Steve Tisch
  • Year purchased: 1925, 1991
  • Price paid: $500, $150,000,000
  • Revenue: $584,000,000
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4. (tie) New York Yankees

  • League: MLB
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Valuation: $6,000,000,000
  • Owner: Steinbrenner Family
  • Year purchased: 1973
  • Price paid: $8,800,000
  • Revenue: $482,000,000
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3. Los Angeles Rams

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $6,200,000,000
  • Owner: E. Stanley Kroenke
  • Year purchased: 2010
  • Price paid: $750,000,000
  • Revenue: $628,000,000
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2. New England Patriots

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $6,400,000,000
  • Owner: Robert Kraft
  • Year purchased: 1994
  • Price paid: $172,000,000
  • Revenue: $651,000,000

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1. Dallas Cowboys

  • League: NFL
  • Sport: Football
  • Valuation: $8,000,000,000
  • Owner: Jerry Jones
  • Year purchased: 1989
  • Price paid: $150,000,000
  • Revenue: $1,087,000,000

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Andrew Lisa contributed to the reporting for this article.

Methodology: GOBankingRates found the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world using Forbes’ “The World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams” 2020 data set and sourced the following factors for each team: (1) team name; (2) league/sport played in; (3) valuation; (4) owner(s) name; (5) year purchased; and (6) price paid. GOBankingRates then found each team’s most recent seasons revenues as sourced from Forbes’ league valuations. All data was collected on and up to date as of October 24, 2022.