For the eighth consecutive year, the Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable franchise.
Forbes released their annual list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world this week and “America’s Team”--the only NFL team in the top five--comes in tied with the New York Yankees for the second highest spot with an estimated value of $3.2 billion. In terms of profitability, meanwhile, the Cowboys are tops in the world.
Spanish soccer club Real Madrid wins the distinction of being 2015’s most valuable franchise, with a value of $3.26 billion. The top five is rounded out by soccer clubs Barcelona (4) at $3.16 billion and Manchester United (5) at $3.1 billion.
“The Cowboys have been the NFL’s most valuable team for the past eight years (the Washington Redskins were the last football team to rank ahead of Dallas in 2006). The team’s home, AT&T Stadium, is a cash cow,” writes Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes. “The Cowboys generate more than $100 million annually from both premium seating and sponsors, anchored by their 25-year, $500 million stadium naming rights deal with AT&T.
“The Cowboys are the most profitable team in sports with operating income of $246 million thanks to revenue that is 31% higher than any other NFL team and the NFL’s salary cap.”