Dallas Cowboys Are the Most Valuable Team in the NFL -- and the World

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For a ninth year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys are worth more than any other team in the NFL. Now the franchise holds the top valuation of any team in the world.

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The Cowboys have overtaken the No. 1 spot from Real Madrid, which is worth $3.26 billion according to Forbes. The magazine valued Dallas at $4 billion.

Among the world’s priciest sport teams, the New England Patriots also broke the top five. The Patriots are worth approximately $3.2 billion, good for second-best in the league and tied with MLB’s New York Yankees.

Dallas was the only NFL franchise to post more than $500 million in league revenue for the latest fiscal year. The Cowboys booked league revenue of $620 million versus $494 million in New England.

The San Francisco 49ers saw the largest increase in value, 69%, compared to last season. The 49ers moved out of Candlestick Park and into a new $1.2 billion facility, Levi’s Stadium. Revenue from ticket sales, concessions, sponsors and non-football events subsequently jumped 160%, Forbes said.

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The Buffalo Bills sit at the bottom of the NFL pack. After the passing of founding owner Ralph Wilson, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula paid $1.4 billion for a team that booked a $44 million profit in 2014.

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NFL teams are worth an average of $1.97 billion, up 38% compared to last year’s estimates.

Based on financial disclosures by the Green Bay Packers, the NFL generated a record $7.3 billion in national revenue during the 2014 season. That’s more than doubled the $3 billion that was divvied up in fiscal-year 2010.

Lucrative television contracts were the primary catalyst for last year’s substantial growth. It was the first season of the NFL’s new nine-year contracts with CBS (CBS), NBC and 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the parent company of FOX Business.

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