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World’s richest sports team

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Monday, December 16, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

For fans of the pigskin, it might not be surprising that the richest team in the NFL is still the Dallas Cowboys. Thanks to a combined $200 million in sponsorships and premium seating prices, the Cowboys have held the top spot among NFL teams since 2007.

The Dallas Cowboys are the richest NFL team, but only come in fifth on the list of the most valuable sports franchises.

The Dallas Cowboys are the richest NFL team, but only come in fifth on the list of the world's most valuable sports franchises.

But it's not the richest sports franchise. That honor belongs to the star of European soccer, Real Madrid. According to Forbes, it's worth $3.3 billion, surpassing former No. 1 soccer club Manchester United.

Real Madrid just signed its largest sponsorship deal with the Dubai-based airline Emirates, worth $39 million a year for five years. Look for the airline's name on team members' shirts. The franchise also receives $42 million a year from Adidas.

Owned by its 93,000 members, who pay $195 annually, the club plans to renovate its stadium to add an estimated $60 million a year to its coffers by 2018. The renovation will cost $320 million.

The next two richest sports franchises are also soccer teams: Manchester United comes in at No. 2 with a value of $3.17 billion, followed by the No. 3 Barcelona, valued at $2.6 billion.

The highest-ranked U.S. sports franchise on the list of the richest is No. 4 New York Yankees, valued at $2.3 billion. The Dallas Cowboys rank fifth with a value of $2.1 billion.

But since this is football season, check out the most valuable football franchises to see if your team ranks among the top five.

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margaret siler
March 03, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Please don't try to make these people give their money away,no matter how much they get paid if people want to pay they can spend it however they want.

February 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

soccer is the best f--k football and baseball

David Kraft
February 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

this subject of pay for sports people....a very true OMG..
as great as sports can bring us together....OMG....the money is too much.....just way too much......OMG

the obscene amounts of money they are paid is truly the one thing
that prevents me from being a fan

is it obscene or just OK


January 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Could use the money to feed the poor . we like our sports, and all that goes with it.bunch of guys running around in under cloths. WHY THINK OF THE POOR.

Rose Carli
January 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

The Real Madrid is an European Soccer team from Spain .
The country was not mentioned
It is one of my favorite soccer teams.
It is a great surprise to find out is world's richest sport franchise.

January 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Its good to be the King.

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