National Football League franchises show incredible growth in value beyond other sports

For the second year running NFL side Dallas Cowboys were ranked the most valuable team

Manchester United have surged ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona in Forbes' annual ranking of the world's most valuable sports teams for the first time in five years.

So where do the Chi-teams fall?

Two teams (Houston Rockets and Liverpool FC) fell out of the top 50, while British soccer club Arsenal had the biggest decline, falling 20 spots to No 43. The total value on the team is now an estimated $1.95 billion, which is a 32% increase from last year's value of $1.48 billion.

Interestingly, no National Hockey League, F1 or NASCAR entities made it on the list, but the Blackhaws and White Sox are still #1 in our hearts. Ahead of the 2015-16 season, Adidas became United's new kit sponsor worth almost $1 billion over the next 10 years. That left 36 franchises worth at least $1 billion outside the top 50.

But where do the most valuable football teams feature in the largely American dominated list?

The Los Angeles Rams (formerly of St. Louis) made the list at No. 12 overall, and valued at $2.9 billion.

According to the latest Forbes list, the Dallas Cowboys are the world's most valuable team for the second straight year at $4.2 billion.

Major League Baseball had eight teams on the list, followed by the National Basketball Association and European soccer, who each had seven teams on the list.

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