Though three international soccer powers top Forbes Magazine's annual rating of most valuable sports franchises released Monday, and the Yankees -- at No 4 overall -- are the money leaders among American teams, the list is dominated by National Football League organizations.
Thirty of the NFL's 32 teams, led by the Dallas Cowboys at No. 5 overall, are rated in Forbes' top 50.
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Only the St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars did not make the list, though Forbes calculated that they would rank 51st and 52nd.
The Yankees, valued at $2.3 billion, follow Spain's Real Madrid ($3.3 billion), England's Manchester United ($3.165 billion) and Barcelona of Spain ($2.6 billion). The Cowboys are said to be worth $2.1 billion.
Besides the Yankees, the other New York teams in the top 50 are the Giants, ninth at $1.468 billion; Jets, 14th at $1.284 billion; Knicks, tied for 23rd at $1.1 billion; and Mets, 45th at $811 million.
According to Forbes, the Knicks are the most valuable franchise in the NBA.
Forty of the 50 franchises are U.S.-based, including seven Major League Baseball teams and three NBA teams. One Canadian-based NHL team (the Toronto Maple Leafs in a tie for 31st) is on the list. There are seven European soccer clubs and two race-car teams.
Forbes reported that the average franchise on the list is worth $1.24 billion, a 16-percent increase over last year. No team was worth more than $2 billion in 2011, and now there are five franchises above that number.