Jul 31 (Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys led the list of the world’s most valuable sports teams for the fifth year in a row, which was dominated by NFL franchises.
The Cowboys, which beat Real Madrid in Spanish football to reach the top spot in the ranking in 2016, were valued at $ 5.5 billion, a 10% rise in value compared to last year, Forbes said in a statement.
The MLB New York Yankees ($ 5 billion), the NBA New York Knicks ($ 4.6 billion), the Los Angeles Lakers ($ 4.4 billion) and the Golden State Warriors ($ 4.3 billion) completed the top five on the podium in the annual Forbes list.
NFL teams ranked 27 out of the top 50 on the list, which Forbes said is a reflection of the influx of audiences to its stadiums and its television appeal.
Three European soccer teams ranked in the top 10 this year: Real Madrid (sixth with a value of $ 4.24 billion), Barcelona (eighth, $ 4 billion) and Manchester United (tenth, $ 3.8 billion).
(Report by Frank Pingue in Toronto. Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)