The Forbes 50 Most Valuable Franchises

It’s that time of  year again, when Forbes ranks their top 50 most valuable franchises in sports (Forbes.com, 7/16/2012). Here are some of the highlights:

  • European soccer clubs hold the top two spots (Manchester United and Real Madrid), with their immense global reach driving the most revenue.
  • All 32 NFL teams are in the top 50, showing the power that the league has developed over the past few years, especially through their television deals.
  • Even with the Dodgers recent $2B+ sale price, the Yankees are still the top MLB team on the list.
  • The highest ranked basketball team is the Los Angeles Lakers at #35. The only other NBA team on the list is the New York Knicks (#43).
  • No NHL or MLS clubs made the list, but two F1 racing teams (Ferrari and McLaren) made the cut.

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Manchester United ($2.23 billion)
  2. Real Madrid ($1.88 billion)
  3. New York Yankees ($1.85 billion)
  4. Dallas Cowboys ($1.85 billion)
  5. Washington Redskins ($1.56 billion)
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion)
  7. New England Patriots ($1.4 billion)
  8. Barcelona ($1.31 billion)
  9. New York Giants ($1.3 billion)
  10. Arsenal ($1.29 billion)
View the video below to learn more about the top five teams, or click here to browse through their photo gallery of the full top 50.