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3 of 4 Boston sports teams included in Forbes' top 50 most valuable sports franchises

Connor Donahue
July 18, 2018 - 1:58 pm

The National Football League still reigns supreme.

Forbes released a new list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams on Wednesday and the NFL dominated with 29 spots with the Patriots ranking in the top 10.

The Pats came in at No. 6 on the list, valued at $3.7 billion, a nine percent change since last year. Only one NFL team came in higher on the list, the Dallas Cowboys, who were given the top spot thanks to their valuation of $4.8 billion.

Following the Cowboys and rounding out the top five were Manchester United ($4.123 billion), Real Madrid ($4.09 billion), Barcelona ($4.064 billion) and the New York Yankees ($4 billion).

Three of Boston’s four major sports teams cracked the top 50; only the Bruins were left off as no NHL franchise made the list.

The Red Sox were No. 19 on Forbes’ list, valued at $2.8 billion (which was a four-percent change from last year.) The Sox were the fifth-highest baseball team on the list behind the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Giants.

The Celtics came in a few spots later at No. 27. The C’s are currently valued at $2.5 billion, good for the fifth-highest ranking among the eight NBA teams on the list. The Knicks, Lakers and Warriors are ranked within the top ten while the Bulls came in at No. 23.

Despite controversies over the national anthem, concussions and other league moves, the NFL dominated the list. Only three NFL teams were left off Forbes’ list. The Bengals ($1.8 billion), Lions ($1.7 billion) and the Bills ($1.6 billion) missed the cut.  

Compared to the NFL’s 29 teams in the top 50, the NBA had eight, the MLB had six and there were seven soccer teams from around the globe. Forbes also measured teams from the NHL, NASCAR and Formula One. None made the list.

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