Manchester United & Top 10 Most Valuable Franchises In Sports

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst IJuly 22, 2010

Manchester United & Top 10 Most Valuable Franchises In Sports

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    The Forbes list for the most valuable sports entities was revealed and guess who topped the list?

    We count down the top 10 teams who seem to be raking in the millions.

    The list is according to a study completed by Forbes Magazine.

No. 1 - Manchester United

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    Sport: Soccer/Football

    Value: $1.83 billion
    Owner: Glazer family
    Revenue: $459 million

    United lead the list at number one, despite carrying a massive debt count.

No. 2 - Dallas Cowboys

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    Sport: (American) Football

    Value: $1.65 billion
    Owner: Jerry Jones
    Revenue: $280 million

    Their new stadium landed the NCAA Men's Final Four, NBA All-Star Game and Super Bowl.

No. 3 - New York Yankees

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    Sport: Baseball

    Value: $1.6 billion
    Owner: Steinbrenner family
    Revenue: $441 million

    Leveraged most valuable brand in sports to create rich cable network and venue hospitality business.

No. 4 - Washington Redskins

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    Sport: (American) Football

    Value: $1.55 billion
    Owner: Daniel Snyder
    Revenue: $345 million

    Average operating income of $77 million over past five seasons is the highest in the NFL.

No. 5 - New England Patriots

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    Sport: (American) Football

    Value: $1.36 billion
    Owner: Robert Kraft
    Revenue: $302 million

No. 6 - Real Madrid

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    Sport: Soccer/Football

    Value: $1.32 billion
    Owner: Club members
    Revenue: $563 million

    Generates $225 million annually from broadcasting fees, the most in sports. They also secured the services of Cristiano Ronaldo for $90 million, the likes of Kaka, Benzema and Xabi Alonso joined in 2009 for huge transfer fees.

No. 7 - New York Giants

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    Sport: (American) Football

    Value: $1.18 billion
    Owner: John Mara, Steven Tisch
    Revenue: $230 million

    Sold naming rights to practice facility for more than $35 million over 15 years and is close to selling out season tickets for new stadium.

No. 8 - Arsenal

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    Sport: Soccer/Football

    Value: $1.18 billion
    Owner: Stanley Kroenke
    Revenue: $369 million

    Arsenal's $102 million operating income trailed only Man U among English Premier League teams last year.

No. 9 - New York Jets

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    Sport: (American) Football

    Value: $1.17 billion
    Owner: Robert Wood Johnson IV
    Revenue: $227 million

    Having difficulty selling personal seat licenses for season tickets at new stadium.

No. 10 - Houston Texans

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    Sport: (American) Football

    Value: $1.15 billion
    Owner: Robert McNair
    Revenue: $256 million

    Stadium naming rights deal with Reliant is the richest in the NFL, worth $300 million.

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