Forbes magazine has released their rankings for the most valuable sports teams in the world. And yes, the Denver Broncos made the list!
I know, it’s the slowest day of the sports year, also known as Black Wednesday.
That gives the sports world more than enough time to obsess over the ESPY awards and nonsense magazine rankings.
For example, the Forbes 50 Most Valuable Sports Team list.
The Denver Broncos are ranked 26, with a value of $1.94 billion. A respectable middle of the pack showing for the current world champions.
Plus, that’s a whopping 34% increase from last year… a pretty stellar return on investment for the Bowlen family!
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In all, more than half of the top 50 teams are in the NFL and the Broncos were the only Colorado franchise to make it on the list.
It seems that the most valuable sports team in the world is the Dallas Cowboys, who are judged to be worth approximately $4 billion dollars.
A couple of those billions are due to Jerry Jones’ ownership of that monster new stadium and his decision to be the only NFL franchise to opt-out of the league’s licensed merchandise arrangement. The Cowboys are sort of like the Notre Dame of pro-football, they go their own way.
Forbes has the complete breakdown by sport:
"The average franchise in the top 50 is worth $2.2 billion versus $1.75 billion a year ago. The breakdown by sport is 27 NFL teams (versus 20 last year), seven MLB (versus 12), eight NBA (versus 10) and eight European soccer (versus seven). The New York Knicks are the most valuable NBA team at $3 billion and rank No. 7 overall."