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Miami Dolphins No. 22 of Forbes' 50 most valuable sports franchises; Heat not on list


NFL owners have to be feeling pretty smug with a new collective bargaining agreement tucked away in their back pockets for the next 10 years.

Not only did they walk away with a bigger slice of the $9 billion in annual revenues, they were already doing quite well indeed, despite claims to the contrary. All 32 NFL franchises made the Forbes Magazine list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world, including 10 of the top 15.

The Dolphins, ranked No. 22 with a value of $1.01 billion, are in the familiar position of looking up at their main AFC East rivals. The Patriots are No. 6 at $1.37 billion, the Jets 10th at $1.14 billion.

In Florida, the Dolphins trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 18, $1.03 billion), who are owned by the Glazer family which also owns soccer’s Manchester United, the world’s most valuable team ($1.86 billion).

The Dolphins were the only South Florida franchise to make the list. The NBA barely has a toehold with the Knicks at 47 ($655 million) and the Lakers 48th ($643 million).

Forbes’ annual detailed breakdown of valuations of NFL franchises is expected later this month. Last year the Dolphins were 16th among NFL franchises with an estimated value of $1 billion and were one of only two teams along with the Lions to record an operating loss for the previous year.

Here is Forbes ranking of the world’s most valuable teams:

1. Manchester United, $1.86 billion
2. Dallas Cowboys, $1.81 billion
3. New York Yankees, $1.7 billion
4. Washington Redskins, $1.55 billion
5. Real Madrid, $1.45 billion
6. New England Patriots, $1.37 billion
7. Arsenal, $1.19 billion
8. New York Giants, $1.18 billion
9. Houston Texans, $1.17 billion
10. New York Jets, $1.14 billion
11. Philadelphia Eagles, $1.12 billion
12. Baltimore Ravens, $1.07 billion
13. Ferrari racing, $1.07 billion
14. Chicago Bears, $1.07 billion
15. Denver Broncos, $1.05 billon
16. Indianapolis Colts, $1.04 billion
17. Carolina Panthers, $1.04 billion
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1.03 billion
19. Bayern Munich, $1.03 billion
20. Green Bay Packers, $1.02 billion
21. Cleveland Browns, $1.02 billion
22. Miami Dolphins, $1.01 billion
23. Pittsburgh Steelers, $996 million
24. Tennessee Titans, $994 million
25. Seattle Seahawks, $989 million
26. Barcelona, $975 million
27. Kansas City Chiefs, $965 million
28. New Orleans Saints, $955 million
29. San Francisco 49ers, $925 million
30. Arizona Cardinals, $919 million
31. Boston Red Sox, $912 million
32. San Diego Chargers, $907 million
33. Cincinnati Bengals, $905 million
34. AC Milan, $838 million
35. Atlanta Falcons, $831 million
36. Detroit Lions, $817 million
37. McLaren racing, $815 million
38. Los Angeles Dodgers, $800 million
39. Buffalo Bills, $799 million
40. St. Louis Rams, $779 million
41. Minnesota Vikings, $774 million
42. Chicago Cubs, $773 million
43. Oakland Raiders, $758 million
44. New York Mets, $747 million
45. Jacksonville Jaguars, $725 million
46. Chelsea, $658 million
47. New York Knicks, $655 million
48. Los Angeles Lakers, $643 million
49. Juventus, $628 million
50. Philadelphia Phillies, $609 million

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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