American teams dominate rich list

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"Relocations and new stadiums are fuelling big increases in the value of National Football League teams, with the Cowboys the economic model every franchise hopes to match", said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media.

The team value of the Denver Broncos jumped remarkably in the past year, according to a ranking by Forbes. That's up 4 percent from its estimated value past year, when the Redskins franchise was valued at $2.85 billion.

Madrid are valued as the world's fourth-richest sports team at $3.64bn, with their arch-rivals Barcelona not far behind on $3.64bn.

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The rankings are based on Forbes' analysis done over the a year ago for all NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, soccer, NASCAR and Formula One teams.

The Dallas Cowboys ($4.2 billion) were No. 1 for the second strait year, while the New York Yankees ($3.7 billion) ranked second.

Those three sides are the only football teams to make the top 10 of a Forbes' most valuable sports teams list that is dominated by American franchises. Manchester City are valued at $2.083 billion, Arsenal at $1.93 billion and Chelsea at $1.845 billion. No Formula 1 teams made the cut, not even Mercedes after winning the F1 title past year. There's not a single National Hockey League team in the Forbes 50, for example, showing how wide the disparity is between the sports beyond just TV ratings.

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