Cowboys listed as most valuable sports franchise

For the ninth year in a row the Dallas Cowboys were named the most valuable National Football League team by Forbes on their annual list of most valuable franchises. In 2014, the Cowboys generated revenue of $620 million-a record for a US sports team.

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The San Francisco 49ers got here in at $2.7 billion, up nearly 70 % in worth since their final look on the listing.

Forbes reported that the Lions teams is worth $1.44 billion.

Forbes ranked the New England Patriots second, with a valuation of $3.2 billion. The behemoth that cost .2 billion to construct has proven to be a boost to the franchise, perhaps sparking others to follow suit. The Colts, who have made the playoffs 16 times over the past 20 years, took in a whopping $90 million in operating income last season ranking eighth-most in the league.

The Cowboys passed soccer franchise Real Madrid for that honor, with Real Madrid valued at $3.26 billion.

Q: O.K., so new stadiums generate lots of cash.

Topping the list is the Dallas Cowboys, worth $4 billion, showing that winning isn’t exactly everything, but being competitive and fun to watch sure helps. County Supervisor Ron Roberts has offered $150 million, presumably from the county’s general fund.

The spike was attributed to the team’s move to their new state-of-the-art stadium at Santa Clara.

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) tosses the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium.

The Bengals did make the top 10 in terms of value change year to year, posting a 46 percent gain.

Forbes said the 49ers’ percentage jump in value was the largest one-year increase of any National Football League team. Forbes put his net worth at $4 billion.

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He also mentions the Packers’ plans to build the Titletown District west of Lambeau Field “to capitalize on their fanatical fan base”.

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