National Football League team values rise, Dallas Cowboys worth $4.8B

Posted September 20, 2017

The Cowboys, for more than a decade the NFL's most valuable team, are now the top franchise on the planet with Forbes placing their worth at $4.8 billion.

According to Forbes, the 49ers - 0-2 this season, 2-16 in the last two seasons and 7-27 in the last three - are the fifth-most valuable National Football League franchise at $3.06 billion, a one-year increase of almost 13 percent. The were followed by the the Patriots ($3.7 billion), the Giants ($3.3 billion), the Redskins ($3.1 billion), the 49ers ($3.05 billion), the Rams ($3 billion) and then the Bears. Valued at more than $1 billion higher than any other franchise, Dallas' "America's Team" nickname carries some validation on this list.

Here's a look at the list of the NFL's most valuable franchises.

Teams with new or renovated stadium salso saw a rise in value. Behind these teams we have European soccer giants - Manchester United, $3.69 billion; FC Barcelona, $3.64 billion; Real Madrid, $3.58 billion.

Minnesota is now valued at $2.4 billion.

You can read the full Forbes story here and see a break down of each team's value here. With Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening this season, the Atlanta Falcons had the biggest year-to-year jump from 2016 to 2017.

The sale marked the first time anybody had ever paid more than $100 million for a sports team and it came just five years after the previous owner, H. R.