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Forbes tabs Cowboys and Yankees as 2017 most valuable sports teams

November 2, 2014: A Dallas Cowboys helmet sits on the field before a football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
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Coming as absolutely no surprise, a recent report from Forbes has revealed that the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees are still the world’s most valuable sports teams. With such a list serving as the top of the heap for 2017, the top five was rounded out by a trio of European soccer clubs in addition to the Cowboys and Yankees.

With the Cowboys and Yankees listed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid rank three through five.

“The Cowboys posted an NFL-record $700 million in revenue during the 2015 season, $177 million more than any other team. Jones’ latest venture is a $1.5 billion team headquarters and practice facility in Frisco, Texas, that opened in 2016,” writes Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes. “The Star will eventually be a 91-acre retail and entertainment complex with a 16-story Omni hotel, convention area and medical center. The team sold out 800 memberships to the Cowboys Club at The Star. The $4,500 initiation fee plus $350 a month gives members a chance to watch the Cowboys practice.”

It is also worth noting that the NFC East franchise is worth an estimated $4.2 billion with the “Bronx Bombers” coming in at a close $3.7 billion.

“The New York Yankees are undergoing a youth movement on the field led by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, but the team’s finances are still tops in baseball,” Badenhausen added. “The Yankees are the world’s second most valuable team, worth $3.7 billion, up 9% from 2016, when the Bronx Bombers ranked fourth. The Yankees have the highest sponsorship revenue ($120 million) and premium seating revenue ($130 million) in the sport.”

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