NFL team Dallas Cowboys, irrespective of a title drought for precisely two decades, remains the most valuable professional team for a second successive year on the Forbes Top 50 most valuable franchisee teams. The cutoff to qualify among the world's most valuable sports franchises, according to Forbes, is higher than ever. The basic benchmark is up 18% this year to $1.75 billion. There are 36 franchises worth at least $1 billion value that did not make the top 50. Credit soaring The list of Forbes’ top 50 sports franchises with the highest market value for the year 2017 is based on annual rankings of National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Formula 1, soccer and Nascar teams. Insidesport.co brings to its readers the top 10 teams from the list. San Francisco 49ers are tied in the joint eighth place with with New York Giants
1. Dallas Cowboys
With a market value of $4.2 billion, Dallas Cowboys are the world's most valuable sports team in 2017. is the Dallas Cowboys. Although the team has not won an NFL championship in more than 20 years, it is the most valuable team in sports, largely due to its $1.2 billion home stadium, constructed in 2009. In 2013, the Dallas Cowboys sold the naming rights of the stadium to AT&T Inc. for an estimated $400 million to $600 million. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who purchased the team in 1989 for $150 million, is worth an estimated $5.6 billion.
2. New York Yankees
For the second year in the row, the New York Yankees is the only Major League Baseball team featured in the top 10 most valuable sports teams. With an estimated value of $3.7 billion, the Yankees moved from the No. 4 spot last year to the No. 2 spot this year. The Yankees also lead the sport in sponsorship revenue ($120 million) and premium seating revenue ($130 million). The Yankees' overall market value increased 9% from 2016.
3. Manchester United
Premier League football club Manchester United, the only listed sports team on the list, had the most valuable sports team in 2011 and 2012. This year, however, the team is in third place, with a market value of $3.69 billion, up 11% from 2016. Soccer's richest team is a master at generating commercial income had entered a decade-long kit manufacturer/sponsorship deal worth almost $1 billion with Adidas, beginning in the 2015-2016 season.
4. FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's market value of $3.64 billion, up 2% from last year, makes the Spanish La Liga football club the second most valuable soccer team in 2017. Led by Lionel Messi-led FC Barcelona’s kit deal with Nike Inc is estimated to be worth around $175 million per year and will run through the 2027-2028 season. In addition, the team is slated for a $650 million stadium renovation in which additional ticket revenue is anticipated, as the stadium's seating capacity will expand to 105,000.
5. Real Madrid
Another La Liga team Real Madrid is placed fifth on the list despite a 2% in its net worth from last year. Its 2017 market value of $3.58 billion means it falls from the most valuable soccer team (and second most valuable sports team overall) in 2016 to the third most valuable soccer team this year. Real Madrid, led by world’s highest paid athlete Cristiano Ronaldo, has witnessed the decline in its fortunes despite the UEFA Champions League title triumph in the 2015-2016 Real Madrid were the most valuable professional sports team in 2013-2015.
6. New England Patriots
The team with the second highest market value in the National Football League is the New England Patriots. As of 2017, its market value is estimated at $3.4 billion, up 6% from 2016. The Patriot's loyal fan base allow for unique revenue opportunities for the franchise. This members-only club carries an annual fee of $1,500, mandates that a minimum of two memberships be purchased at a time, and does not include the cost of season tickets.
7. New York Knicks
For the second year in a row, the National Basketball Association's most valuable team is the New York Knicks. The team's estimated value is $3.3 billion, up 10% from 2016. The New York Knicks took the title of most valuable NBA franchise from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016, largely due to a new 20-year media rights deal worth $100 million in the first year. The Knicks' lofty valuation takes into account the team's access to its own television network and landmark arena, by virtue of being a part of the Madison Square Garden Co. enterprise.
8. New York Giants
Another NFC East football team ranks as one of the most valuable sports team in 2017. The New York Giants, the third most valuable NFL team, has an estimated value of $3.1 billion, up 11% from 2016. A large part of this valuation is due to strong revenue performance by the franchise. In 2016, an average NFL ticket was $92.98, while the Giants charged $123.40.
8. San Francisco 49ers (Tie)
The San Francisco 49ers riding an 11% increase in its valuation in their valuation made the cut with a market value of $3 billion. The 49ers bumped the Washington Redskins out of the top 10. The 49ers' valuation increased The team may have a hard time making it onto this list next year, as its move to Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium in 2014 has not been well received and ticket sales are on the decline.
10. Los Angeles Lakers (Tie)
The second most valuable team in the NBA is the Los Angeles Lakers. The organization is worth an estimated $3 billion, up 11% from last year. In 2012, the Lakers began a 20-year, $4 billion local television deal with Time Warner. The team has won a staggering 16 championships with the help of household names like Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.