National Football League franchises show incredible growth in value beyond other sports


Forbes Magazine has published its annual list of the world's most valuable sports franchises.

In Forbes' separate database of the world's billionaires, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was ranked the 474th richest man in the world with a net worth of $3.8 billion, an increase of $700 million from last year's valuation that ranked him 569th.

Interestingly, no National Hockey League, F1 or NASCAR entities made it on the list, but the Blackhaws and White Sox are still #1 in our hearts.

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Knicks owner James Dolan has struggled to find on-court success, but that hasn't prevented the team from being among the most valuable sports franchises.

. Next are three soccer clubs: Manchester United ($3.69 billion), Barcelona ($3.64) and Real Madrid ($3.58). However, with the significant jumps over the past two years, we may see the Chiefs leapfrog teams in value if the team continues to perform well. German champions Bayern Munich are ranked in fifteenth place with a value of $2.71 billion. Only the Bengals, Lions and Bills missed the cut.

The average current value of the top most valuable teams is $2.5 billion, the highest to date, the Associated Press reports, and an increase over past year, when the average value was $2.2 billion. Manchester City (35th, £1.61bn), Arsenal (43rd, £1.49bn) and Chelsea (46th, £1.43) are the other Premier League sides to have made the list.