Dodgers not worth anywhere near the $2 billion that new owners paid

kemp.jpgWell, that's according to the new Forbes list of the world's 50 most valuable sports franchises. In the top spot - again - is Manchester United, which is worth $2.23 billion, according to the magazine. Another soccer dynasty, Real Madrid, is second, at $1.88 billion, followed by the NY Yankees, at $1.85 billion. The Dodgers are in sixth position, at $1.4 billion, below the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. In fact, the smart money seems to be with the NFL. From Forbes:

All 32 NFL teams made the cut, led by the Dallas Cowboys, worth $1.85 billion, tied with the New York Yankees for third overall. The Cowboys are the kings of the NFL thanks to their $1.2 billion stadium, which generates more than $100 million annually from premium seating and nearly $60 million from sponsors like AT&T, Bank of America, Ford Motor and PepsiCo. The future looks even brighter for NFL teams thanks to a new labor agreement, as well as a new round of TV contracts. The league and its players endured a four-month lockout last year, but no regular-season games were lost. The new collective bargaining agreement ensures labor peace for 10 years and gives owners a bigger piece of the pie, as players settled for a salary cap based on 48% of total revenues versus roughly 54% in previous years.

#1 Manchester United ($2.23 billion)

#2 Real Madrid ($1.88 billion)

#3 Dallas Cowboys ($1.85 billion)

#5 Washington Redskins ($1.56 billion)

#6 Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion)

#6 New England Patriots ($1.4 billion)

#8 Barcelona ($1.31 billion)

#9 New York Giants ($1.3 billion)

#10 Arsenal ($1.29 billion)

By the way, the Lakers are ranked only 35th, with a value of $900 million.

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