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Dallas Cowboys valued at $4.8 billion by Forbes, good for No. 1 in the world

Tyron Smith #77 and Travis Frederick #72 of

Tyron Smith #77 and Travis Frederick #72 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrate the touchdown by Jason Witten #82 in the first half against the Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Getty Images / Ronald Martinez

The Dallas Cowboys not only are the NFL’s most valuable franchise for the 11th straight year, they are the top-valued team in the world.

According to Forbes magazine, their worth increased 14 percent in the last year, reaching $4.8 billion. That’s more than $1 billion ahead of the Patriots ($3.7 billion).

Rounding out the NFL’s top five are the Giants ($3.3 billion), Redskins ($3.1 billion) and 49ers ($3.05 billion). The Jets were ranked ninth at $2.75 billion.

On average, an NFL franchise is worth $2.52 billion, an increase of 8 percent since 2016. Much of that can be attributed to rights fees and new stadiums or stadium renovations.

Every team is worth at least a billion, with the Buffalo Bills last at $1.6 billion. Forbes reported earlier this year that the average baseball franchise is worth $1.54 billion.

The Falcons had the highest increase in value, up 16 percent to more than $2.47 billion The team just moved into a $1.5 billion stadium in Atlanta.


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