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Cowboys extend reign as most valuable sports team, Eagles ranked No. 21

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The Eagles are the 21st-most valuable sports franchise in the world.
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The average value of the world’s 50 leading sports teams rose to $3.43 billion in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an annual list published by Forbes on Friday that was topped by the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Forbes said the average value of the world’s 50 most valuable teams on the list was up 11% from last year’s ranking.

That increase during a year in which the sporting calendar was upended due to the pandemic while many competitions were held in empty venues was attributed to ever-escalating media rights deals, Forbes said.

The Cowboys, who have topped the list since they unseated Spanish soccer club Real Madrid in 2016, were valued at $5.7 billion, a 3.6% rise when compared to last year.

Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees ($5.3 billion), the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks ($5 billion), and soccer’s Barcelona ($4.76 billion) and Real Madrid ($4.75 billion) rounded out the top five.

The list was made up of teams from four sports, with the NFL leading the way with 26, followed by basketball (nine), soccer (nine), and baseball (six).

Only one Philadelphia team, the Eagles, made the list at No. 21:

World’s 50 most expensive sports franchises

  1. Dallas Cowboys (NFL): $5.7 billion
  2. New York Yankees (MLB): $5.25 billion
  3. New York Knicks (NBA): $5 billion
  4. Barcelona (La Liga): $4.76 billion
  5. Real Madrid (La Liga): $4.75 billion
  6. Golden State Warriors (NBA): $4.7 billion
  7. Los Angeles Lakers (NBA): $4.6 billion
  8. New England Patriots (NFL): $4.4 billion
  9. New York Giants (NFL): $4.3 billion
  10. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): $4.21 billion
  11. Manchester United (Premier League): $4.2 billion
  12. Liverpool (Premier League): $4.1 billion
  13. Los Angeles Rams (NFL): $4 billion
  14. Manchester City (Premier League): $4 billion
  15. San Francisco 49ers (NFL): $3.8 billion
  16. Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB): $3.57 billion
  17. New York Jets (NFL): $3.55 billion
  18. Chicago Bears (NFL): $3.53 billion
  19. Washington Football Team (NFL): $3.5 billion
  20. Boston Red Sox (MLB): $3.47 billion
  21. Philadelphia Eagles (NFL): $3.4 billion
  22. Chicago Cubs (MLB): $3.36 billion
  23. Houston Texans (NFL): $3.3 billion
  24. Chicago Bulls (NBA): $3.3 billion
  25. Denver Broncos (NFL): $3.2 billion
  26. Boston Celtics (NBA): $3.2 billion
  27. Chelsea (Premier League): $3.2 billion
  28. San Francisco Giants (MLB): $3.18 billion
  29. Las Vegas Raiders (NFL): $3.1 billion
  30. Seattle Seahawks (NFL): $3.08 billion
  31. Green Bay Packers (NFL): $3.05 billion
  32. Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL): $3 billion
  33. Baltimore Ravens (NFL): $2.98 billion
  34. Minnesota Vikings (NFL): $2.95 billion
  35. Miami Dolphins (NFL): $2.9 billion
  36. Atlanta Falcons (NFL): $2.88 billion
  37. Indianapolis Colts (NFL): $2.85 billion
  38. Arsenal (Premier League): $2.8 billion
  39. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA): $2.75 billion
  40. Brooklyn Nets (NBA): $2.65 billion
  41. Los Angeles Chargers (NFL): $2.6 billion
  42. Carolina Panthers (NFL): $2.55 billion
  43. Kansas City Chiefs (NFL): $2.5 billion
  44. Houston Rockets (NBA): $2.5 billion
  45. Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1): $2.5 billion
  46. New Orleans Saints (NFL): $2.48 billion
  47. Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL): $2.45 billion
  48. New York Mets (MLB): $2.45 billion
  49. Dallas Mavericks (NBA): $2.45 billion
  50. Cleveland Browns (NFL): $2.35 billion

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