Forbes put out another one of their rather meaningless lists earlier this week, this time detailing the World's 50 Most Valuable Sports franchises. Adding to the meaninglessness (Is that a word?) is the fact that the author didn't even explain his methodology behind what "valuable" means in terms of sports franchises.
Not surprisingly, the NFL dominated this list. All 32 NFL teams (!) made the top 50 list. Formula 1 racing and Basketball added two teams each. Soccer, who actually represents the No. 1 slot with Manchester United, has eight teams in the top 50. And MLB baseball placed six teams on the list.
Here are some random notes about the list of 50:
- The Dallas Cowboys are the second most valuable franchise behind Manchester United, coming it at a reported value of $1.81 billion;
- The Washington Redskins come in at No. 4, valued at $1.55 billion;
- The Patriots are No. 6, valued at $1.37 billion;
- The New York Giants are No. 8 at $1.18 billion;
- The Texans are just under the Giants at No. 9 with a valuation of $1.17 billion;
- 14 more NFL teams are valued more than the Kansas City Chiefs; and,
- The teams with a lower value than Kansas City include the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars.