Cardinals Make List of 50 Richest Sports Franchises in the World

Los Angeles Rams owned by Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke, enjoyed the biggest rise

The Washington Redskins remain one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world, but D.C.'s National Football League team dropped out of the top 10 on Forbes "Most Valuable Sports Teams" list this year.

The NFL's Los Angeles Rams were the biggest gainer, moving from outside the top 50 to 12th as their value doubled to $2.9 billion with their relocation from St Louis to Los Angeles previous year, the $2.6 billion bill for the new stadium being footed by owner Stanley Kroenke.

Of those top-seven North American teams, four missed the playoffs this past season.

The Cowboys are worth an estimated 4.2 billion.

According to the website, the rankings are "based on Forbes valuations done over the past year for NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, F1, soccer and Nascar".

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The average current value of the top most valuable teams is $2.5 billion, the highest to date.

After United, Madrid and Barcelona, come German giants Bayern Munich who are ranked as the 15th most valuable sports team in the world at $2.71bn. There's not a single National Hockey League team in the Forbes 50, for example, showing how wide the disparity is between the sports beyond just TV ratings.

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